DURBAN: After the team gathering and build up in Durban this weekend, Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director confirmed that Eben Etzebeth will be available for the Springboks after missing, Castle Lager Incoming Series and Vodacom Super Rugby due to injury.
Rassie Confirmed these new Monday saying that, he will be using Eben in the starting line up, he won’t even put him in a bench.
“Yes, Eben is available and we will be looking at starting him instead of playing him from the bench,” Erasmus said.
“We got the clearance from the specialist so he is ready to go. He is fit and strong and has been functional for a while, and he has been with us at Stellenbosch for a few weeks where he has been training full-on.”
Erasmus also added that he will have to use mostly the most experienced players in their next encounters.
“Players such as Elton Jantjies, Franco Mostert and RG Snyman have seen a lot of action and clocked a lot of playing time, so we will have to be sensible in how we manage them especially at the beginning of the campaign,” he said.
“It can mean that perhaps they would not be in the selection mix for this weekend. We are playing Argentina twice in two weeks, travelling over there next week, so we will have to factor all of those things when we look at the first two matches.”
Springboks will take on Argentine Thursday Afternoon and the Starting Line up is yet to be announced.