South Africa’s World Cup-winning lock Eben Etzebeth will spend the next three months on the sidelines.
Toulon, where the lock is contracted, revealed in a statement that the Springbok star has been ‘stood down’ in compliance with the “concussion protocol”.
The 30-year-old suffered his third concussion in a year during South Africa’s 26-27 loss to England in their year-end international at Twickenham last week
“After specialist advice and in accordance with the concussion management protocol of the National Rugby League, the player must observe a three-month break,” Toulon said in a statement.
“Rugby Club Toulonnais wishes Eben Etzebeth a speedy recovery.” the French outfit added.”
The veteran second row forward, capped 97 times by the Boks, played 245 minutes in South Africa’s three year-end Tests.
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Four England players included in The Telegraph’s World XV
The Telegraph have named their World XV following the conclusion of the 2021 Autumn Nations Series.
- 15. Freddie Steward (England)
- 14. James Lowe (Ireland)
- 11. Will Jordan (New Zealand)
THEY WROTE: “What a talent. Already looks like a 50-capper at a minimum for England and with his frame and confidence under the high ball is proving to be a huge asset.”
- 13. Henry Slade (England)
- 12. Damian de Allende (South Africa)
THEY WROTE: “Slade came into the autumn in good form for Exeter and has kicked on now at Test level, producing a superb passing display against South Africa. England’s key architect in their win over the world champions.”