Ireland take on a resurgent South Africa in their opening November Test series on Saturday and it is now clear that they could be set to face the massive obstacle that is Eben Etzebeth.
According to SARugbyMag, the 26-year-old is one of three players to be passed fit for the Ireland clash on Monday and head coach Alistair Coetzee now expects the 26-year-old to lead the charge against their hosts in the Aviva stadium on Saturday evening.
“Eben did limited training with the team when they arrived in Dublin on Saturday. He will be taking full part in training this afternoon. I have no concerns about him whatsoever and he will be fit to lead the team against Ireland.”
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his squad will be under no illusions regarding the challenges the mighty Springbok lock poses. At 6′ 8″ and 17st, Etzebeth brings real teeth to the visitors’ pack and many questions will be asked of Ireland’s defence when the referee blows his whistle.
With footage having recently emerged of a then 20-year-old Etzebeth making light work of international compatriot Bismarck du Plessis, Ireland fans are certainly in for a treat should the big second row be back to his best on Saturday.
While Schmidt and Co. are almost certainly neck deep in footage of the Springboks and their massive man-mountain Etzebeth, feast your eyes on just what you can expect from the big unit from Cape Town.
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