Eben Etzebeth

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Eben Etzebeth
Eben Etzebeth.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 23)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 125 kg (19 st 10 lb)
School(s) attended Tygerberg High School
Club information
Playing position Lock
Current club Western Province / Stormers
Youth career
2009–11 Western Province
Amateur team(s)
Years Team
2011 UCT Ikey Tigers 7 (5)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2011– Western Province 7 (0)
2012– Stormers 21 (10)
Representative team(s)
2011 South Africa U20 5 (5)
2012– South Africa 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 25 October 2014.

† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 30 November 2014.

Eben Etzebeth (born 29 October 1991) is a South African international rugby union footballer.[2] He currently plays for the Stormers in Super Rugby and for Western Province in the Currie Cup.[3][4] His regular playing position is as a number 4 lock.[5][6]

Rugby career[edit]

Western Province and Stormers[edit]

Etzebeth was marked out as a player of huge promise from an early age when playing for Tygerberg High School in Cape Town and he entered the Western Province youth structures in 2009, featuring in the Under-18 Craven Week tournament.[2] In 2011 his career moved up a gear when he was part of the UCT Ikey Tigers side which won the Varsity Cup,[7] however injury stalled his progress in the second half of the year and he was unable to play any part in the 2011 Currie Cup.

His injury didn't stop him from being named in the Stormers squad for the 2012 Super Rugby season, he was fully fit and raring to go for the campaign and debuted on 25 February 2012 against the Hurricanes.[8] In total he made 13 appearances during the season and managed to score 1 try as the Stormers enjoyed an excellent season, winning 14 of their 16 league matches before eventually losing to the Sharks in the semi-finals.[9]

International commitments kept him out of the early stages of the 2012 Currie Cup, but he returned with a bang at the tail-end of the tournament, winning his first 3 Western Province caps and helping them to lift their first Currie Cup title since 2002. He was awarded the Man of the Match award as Province gained revenge on the Natal Sharks with a 25-18 win in Durban.[4][10]

Injury ruled Etzebeth out of the first half of the 2013 Super Rugby season, but he returned in fine form for the second half of the campaign, playing 8 matches and scoring 1 try. He also won a team-high 47 lineouts and effected 8 steals on oppositon throws.[3] For the 2013 Currie Cup, Etzebeth was again missing for large chunks of the season due to Springbok commitments, however he once again returned for the final 3 matches of the season. This time he was unable to stop the Sharks from regaining the Currie Cup by turning the tables on Western Province with a 33-19 win in Cape Town.[11]

The first 6 months of 2014 were highly frustrating as his injury curse struck again as a foot injury sustained while on international duty in November 2013 ruled him out of the entire campaign.[12] He remains committed to both of his Cape Town-based sides and in April 2013, he signed a deal that will keep him tied to Western Province and the Stormers until 2016.[13]

South Africa U20s[edit]

Etzebeth was a member of the South Africa Under 20 team that competed in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy where the Baby Boks finished in a disappointing 5th place.[14][15]

Springboks[edit]

Etzebeth was called up to the Springbok squad for the first time by new head coach Heyneke Meyer ahead of the three match series against England in June 2012.[16]

He made his first appearance in the second row alongside fellow debutant Juandré Kruger on 9 June 2012 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban. South Africa were victorious by 22-17.[17] Despite suffering from some injury setbacks along the way, Etzebeth has maintained his position as first choice in the number 4 jersey throughout his Springbok career. By the end of the 2014 Rugby Championship he had made 29 appearances for his national team and is yet to score a try. Uniquely he has made more international appearances than he has Super Rugby and Currie Cup appearances combined. He also debuted for South Africa before he had played any Vodacom Cup or Currie Cup rugby for Western Province.[4]

Etzebeth is currently one of the top forwards in world rugby and on 23 November 2013 he was nominated for the 2013 IRB Player of the Year award along with Leigh Halfpenny, Sergio Parisse, Kieran Read and Ben Smith.[18] He has very impressive upper body strength for man of his huge height and young age, being able to bench press 175 kg (over 385 lb), and perform incline dumbbell chest presses with 60 kg (135 lb) dumbbells.[19]

Springbok statistics[edit]

Test Match Record[edit]

Against Pld W D L Tri Con Pen DG Pts %Won
 Argentina
6
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
83.33
 Australia
6
4
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
66.67
 England
5
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
80
 France
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Ireland
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
50
 Italy
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 New Zealand
5
1
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
20
 Samoa
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Scotland
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Wales
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
50
Total 33 23 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 69.7

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 22 December 2014
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2012 Stormers 13 13 1 923 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2013 Stormers 8 7 1 591 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2014 Stormers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 21 20 1 1514 2 0 0 0 10 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sarugby.net/playerprofile.aspx?id=49334&category=&leagueid=0
  2. ^ a b "Eben Etzebeth SA Rugby Player Profile". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Eben Etzebeth Stormers Player Profile". Stormers Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Eben Etzebeth Western Province Player Profile". WP Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Eben Etzebeth ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eben Etzebeth itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tuks vs UCT 11 April 2011". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Etzebeth to make Stormers debut". Iol.co.za. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Stormers vs Sharks 28 July 2012". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Natal Sharks vs Western Province 27 October 2012". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Western Province vs Natal Sharks 26 October 2013". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Etzebeth to miss the start of Super Rugby season". SuperXV.com. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Stormers retain key quartet". Rugby365. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "SA Under-20 squad named". Sport24. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Eben Etzebeth IRB JWC Player Profile". IRB.com. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Springboks to blood forwards Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger and Marcell Coetzee against England in Durban Test". Daily Telegraph. Associated Press. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "South Africa vs England". South African Rugby Union. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Read, Smith and Etzebeth included on IRB World Player Shortlist". Sanzar Rugby. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  19. ^ http://theathleticbuild.com/15-of-the-biggest-beasts-in-rugby/