Eben Etzebeth is something of a phenomenon in the second row for the Springboks, with his massive frame and brutish strength already legendary on the world stage.
With arms that Arnold Schwarzenegger would give the approving nod to, the 26-year-old is currently in a race against time to be fit ahead of South Africa’s tour of the northern hemisphere this month.
Set to face Ireland on November 11, the southern tourists are optimistic their second row wrecking ball will be fit for the clash.
Being such an impressive figure on the field, Irish fans will likely be dreading the thought that he will make the match against Joe Schmidt’s side at the Aviva Stadium.
Now, in a timely reminder of the monstrous size and strength of the man, footage of a 20-year-old version of himself has emerged.
Though the video is a mere 14 seconds long, it shows Etzebeth emphatically sitting down fellow Springbok Bismarck du Plessis during a club competition.
A 20 year old Eben Etzebeth gets rid of Bismarck du Plessis. ?
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) November 1, 2017
The fact the hooker was, at 27, just coming into his prime dramatically emphasises just how impressive Etzebeth was even at 20.
The footage serves as a timely reminder to Ireland fans that in Etzebeth there is something special. So, while Ireland fans will want to enjoy the spectacle that is the massive South African, they probably just don’t want it to be against Ireland.