WP confirm Etzebeth blow

2013-11-28 15:30

Cape Town - WP Rugby have confirmed that Springbok and Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth will undergo surgery on Monday, December 2 after sustaining a serious foot injury during the Springboks' Test against France last weekend.
According to a statement released by WP Rugby, the specialist's assessment is that Etzebeth will be out of action for a minimum of 16 to 18 weeks.

"It's very unfortunate to again start a new Super Rugby season without Eben Etzebeth," Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee told WP's official website.

"However, it opens up an opportunity for other players to step up and take the gap in Eben's absence.

"De Kock Steenkamp, Rynhardt Elstadt and Michael Rhodes have plenty of Super Rugby experience already, whilst our younger training squad members like Tazz Fuzani, Ruan Botha and Jean Kleyn will have to step up," added Coetzee.

"Unfortunately, a young player like Gerbrandt Grobler (ankle) will still be out of action for some time (yet), but, of course, we have signed a Test lock with plenty of experience in the form of Manuel Carizza, who will arrive here in January 2014."

Etzebeth, 22, has made 21 Super Rugby appearances for the DHL Stormers since his debut in 2012, as well as winning six caps for WP.

He has also played 23 Tests for the Springboks since 2012.


  • Andre Nell - 2013-11-28 15:33

    Get well soon Big guy !!!

      Sprinkles Venter - 2013-11-28 16:45

      Pity ...Get well soon!!! WP supporter

      grantcallaway - 2013-11-28 17:41

      This is what happens when you expect professional athletes to play rugby on beach sand!

  • Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 15:34

    Whatch the excuses fly again when the stormers are booted out of the super rugby again next year by round 10

      Lionel Kemm - 2013-11-28 15:50

      Exactly Shaun,let them have the amount of injuries the Stormers have had over the years and lets see how far they get.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 15:52

      Shaun, I am not delusional about my team, with the current crop in charge they made the mighty blue bulls union a proper glam guru fairy club. If they win 5 games next year I will be surprised, but I will die a blue bull supporter.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 15:56

      Kemp dude, it's about player management, and a game plan is a big part of it. See, the excuses are starting to fly.

      Lionel Kemm - 2013-11-28 16:04

      I do agree that the defensive rugby the Stormers play plays a big part in injuries,thats why I still say we need a change in coaching staff to bring back that old attacking rugby that is badly needed in the Cape.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 16:29

      Expect Duan to be injured soon into the super rugby as well, then you sit with mighty skalk burger bwhaaaa haaaaa! I suspect Eldstadt will depart soon as he was cruelly dropped for that hasbeen.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 16:31

      Raven, why the " with all due respect" for Lionel, stuff this wp poofter and blue bulls hater.

      Lionel Kemm - 2013-11-28 16:35

      Careful Bertie,you don't pop a vein in your brain,oh hell you don't have one. Raven and myself have had disagreements big time before but its the respect that we have for each other that counts,something you will not know about,idiot!!!!!

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 18:23

      Foeitog Lionel, must I be careful, watcha gonna do boy?

      Jacques Le Roux - 2013-11-29 07:49

      @Albertus, what is ''Whatch''? Fool.

  • stefan.roux.16 - 2013-11-28 15:50

    That sucks. Wishing you a complete speedy recovery ????

  • ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-28 16:51

    Foeitog, nog 'n kleintoontjie besering vir 'n WP slot wat hom maande uit aksie hou? Mof.

      Hans Oosthuizen - 2013-11-28 17:08

      Dit is genade vir die Paintball-Bulls.

      ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-28 17:46

      Sean, how are things going with the Hermanus landscaping? bwa ha ha ha ha

      Chris In Oz - 2013-11-28 23:48

      Sean, but it's not as if the replacements will be less able to kick that paintball bulls' backsides. Elstadt, Rhodes, Fuzani and Steenkamp will again make the Bulls cry. And what do they have to offer? Flop? Whahahahahahahaha

      Vincent Thomas - 2013-11-28 23:50

      Tell that to him to his face,brave man !

  • Toby Clive Goss - 2013-11-28 17:44

    Sterkte en beterskap

  • ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-28 18:13

    Die outjies is maar sag in die Kaap, jinne mamma.

      Ronnie Atwell - 2013-11-28 18:18

      Is dot so ? is Spies lui of beseer.

      Omge Klits - 2013-11-28 19:30

      Beseer - hy moes 'n urine monster lewer en toe kom sy vinger per ongeluk in die pad.

      ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-28 20:29


  • Ronnie Atwell - 2013-11-28 18:16

    Truly sorry to hear about the injury. Get up as soon as you feel the time is right. Am shattered to read that Coetsee is still head coach. Thats Stormers gone for 2014. Sorry sir but you cannot be there because of results.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2013-11-28 18:27

      Cheer up, isak visser will soon do the annual prediction "manne, dis ons jaar die!!!" for the 20th year in a row

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-11-28 20:42

    Beste slot in wereld rugby. Get well sone!!

      ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-28 21:22

      En Liewe Heksie gaan 'n maanlanding doen op haar besem. Oh, en Stefan: Get well "soon" Was jy op skool jong?

      Frankie Harmse - 2013-11-28 22:49

      Is jy mal weet jy hoe vuil hy speel nes Bismark hy was oppad rooikaart toe... eenogig kykers verskil tussen HARD en VUIL....

      Frankie Harmse - 2013-11-28 23:08

      Chrisin os wat het spel, skool met opinie te doen al julle sub standaarde hamer op die spelling gaan lees comics as jy iets wil se dit is sone dit bly so vat jou soon gee vir jou pelle...

      Chris In Oz - 2013-11-29 00:00

      Stefan, nie net die beste slot in wereldrugby nie, maar ook die beste wat SA nog gesien het in die geskiedenis van Springbok rugby.

      ChrisIn Oz - 2013-11-29 07:10

      Frankie, hou jou stink bekkie toe voor dokter hom toe d@nner.

  • Gerrie Olivier - 2013-11-29 07:41

    Sue the French for the condition of that pitch

  • Mark Croxford - 2013-11-29 09:18

    Two things here, (1) For a young man he has played far too much rugby the last 2 seasons, so he is due a good rest. (2) He is going to be like a caged tiger when he returns, pity the opposition. Get well soon Champ !!

  • Lance Elliott - 2013-11-29 16:00

    Get well soon, thanks for a great 2013....Elstadt is the closest we in terms of 'enforcer material'. he wont dissapoint...

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