Springbok Coach Confirms Eben Etzebeth Set For Short-Term Premiership Move


Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed that second-row Eben Etzebeth is set to sign a short-term deal in the Premiership.

The Stormers forward has been linked with a host of English clubs in the past few weeks including reigning Premiership and European champions, Saracens and relegation threatened Bristol.

Coetzee has now confirmed in a press conference on Monday that the monster lock is on his way to a Premiership side, what side he is joining however, remains to be seen as Coetzee has admitted he doesn’t know.


“I can assure you it is definitely going to happen. I’m not sure which club he will join though,” said the Springbok head coach.

“Eben Etzebeth playing up here would be a great experience for him because he would be playing against top quality locks in the northern hemisphere game.

“He has played against the best in the southern hemisphere. The conditions would be different and he would learn from it.”

Coetzee added: “But on the other hand it wouldn’t be good for the Springboks because Eben would be missing out on a conditioning phase. He would go straight from English club rugby into Super Rugby and then June Tests next year and so on.”

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