Etzebeth in doubt for Stormers

Injured Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to feature for the Stormers during the 2018 Super Rugby season.

The 67-Test Bok enforcer lock suffered a neck injury during South Africa’s 24-22 loss against Wales on the year-end tour of Europe. Sources who have insight into the player’s medical status have confirmed that Etzebeth will be unavailable until at least April, with a conservative return date set for May.

This is excellent news for the Boks as they shape plans for an incoming three-Test series against England in Joburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town in June. But it would have been a bitter pill to swallow for the Stormers whose Super Rugby league schedule wraps up on May 26 against the Lions at Newlands.

The Cape-based franchise definitely won’t have Etzebeth in tow when they jet off for a three-match tour of Australia and New Zealand in February to take on the Waratahs, Highlanders and Crusaders.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Peter

    What next….du Preez…Etsebeth….things NOT looking good for Stormers in Super rugby in 2018…no decent flyhalf…no enforcer…only thing still to happen…Kolisi gets injured and is out for six weeks….Stormers wont make play-offs this year….sorry chaps

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