Etzebeth relishing Ireland challenge

Date published: November 11 2017

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth said his team is looking forward to test themselves against a very good Irish team on Saturday in Dublin.

Etzebeth, who has captained the Boks since the third Test against France in June after first-choice skipper Warren Whiteley sustained a groin injury, is ready for the challenge this weekend.

“We know it’s going to be a real tough Test but we are looking forward to resume our battle against the Irish,” he said.

“We had an unbelievable series last year in South Africa, but this time they are playing at home and with the advantage of a home crowd.

“They have some world class players in their team and they are very good at set-pieces and keeping possession. We know we will have to work extremely hard against a quality Irish side.

“As coach Allister has said earlier in the week, we don’t see this as an end of the year tour. This is the Outgoing Tour, it consists of four matches and we will take it game by game, starting tomorrow evening in Dublin.”

Meanwhile, the Springboks wrapped up their match preparations on Friday afternoon with a captain’s walk-through at the Aviva Stadium.

South Africa will also play against France, Italy and Wales on their month-long tour of Europe.