While Eben Etzebeth regains his physical condition and trying to focus on helping French Toulon finish in the top six of the Top 14, he is already excited about the great tour that the British & Irish Lions will carry out in July through South African lands
The 29-year-old Springbok second line battled injuries and illnesses this season that took him away from the playing field. “It was a difficult season as a result of the Covid-19 and I was injured a couple of times,” he told the AFP agency, adding that “i’m ready to play in the springboks”.
Etzebeth missed a half dozen Top 14 games before his return and suffered a finger injury during training in April. He returned as a substitute against Montpellier on May 11 and started against Clermont on May 15.
Toulon He still has a chance of making the Top 14 playoffs, but in case of reaching the final, which is scheduled for June 25, delay his return to South Africa, where the Springboks will begin a two-game series against Georgia on the weekend of July 3.
“That’s a decision the Springbok coaches will have to make.”Etzebeth said. “I’ll be back in time. I don’t know if they want to play with me, if I have to play the final last week,” he was encouraged to say in case this happens. “If they summon me, I will be happy to play with them again. We haven’t been together since the World Cup. It would be wonderful to be part of the national team again. “The list of South African players who will face the Georgia games and the first test against the Lions in Cape Town on July 14 will be released in June.
A Lions tour “is great” Etzebeth said adding that “after the World Cup, this is the second most important thing a South African rugby player can be a part of. We are all very happy, looking forward to it. You can only play the series once in your life, since it is every 12 years. It’s huge for all of us in South Africa. “