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Etzebeth to captain Springboks in Whiteley's absence
August 09, 2017
Experienced lock Eben Etzebeth will captain the Springboks in the injury absence of Warren Whiteley, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Loose forward Siya Kolisi was named as the Springbok vice-captain.

Etzebeth led the Springboks in the last Test of the three-match series against France in June, when Whiteley was ruled out of action because of a groin injury.

Whiteley missed the remainder of the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign as a result of the injury, and he will be out of action for at least six more weeks, ruling him out for the opening part of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

“Eben did an excellent job against France in Johannesburg, when he had to step in at short notice after the late withdrawal of Warren.

He enjoys the respect of his team mates and also commands respect on and off the field,” said Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee.

“He is well supported by our strong leadership group which consists of Siya, Tendai Mtawarira and Elton Jantjies."

Etzebeth has played in 57 Springbok Tests since making his debut on 9 June 2012 against England in Durban, when he was 20 years old.

The Springboks start their campaign against the Pumas on 19 August in Port Elizabeth and then travel to Argentina a week later, for the return leg in Salta.

Meanwhile, the Boks continued with their preparations on Wednesday with two more training sessions in the Friendly City. The squad had a split session in the morning, which consisted of field drills and gym work.

Later in the afternoon they staged a public training session at the Gelvandale Stadium on the outskirts of the City.

Brief Springbok profile of Eben Etzebeth.

Position: Lock
Province/Franchise: DHL Western Province & DHL Stormers
Springbok number: 833
Test debut: 9 June 2012 vs England in Durban aged 20
Total tests: 57
Tour matches: 1
Total Springbok matches: 58
Win ratio: 36-19-2
Honours: SA Rugby Young Player of the Year (2012 and 2013); Nominee for IRB World Player of the Year (2013)

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Womens World Cup
Thursday, August 17 2017
13:00 - Canada vs New Zealand
15:45 - Italy vs Spain
18:00 - Australia vs Japan
18:15 - Wales vs Hong Kong
20:45 - France vs Ireland
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour

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