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#3. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)Just returned from lay-off

Toulon announced in early December that the imposing Springbok lock will be stood down from rugby for a three-month period after suffering his third concussion of the year in the Test match against England, at Twickenham in late November.

Eben Etzebeth of South Africa during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

The decision was made after taking specialist advice. This enforced rest plan fits with the the National Rugby League (LNR) concussion management protocol, the club said in a press release. If he comes back at the earliest opportunity, he should be ruled out until the end of February.

In the French club’s official statement, they said: “Rugby Club Toulonnais wishes Eben Etzebeth a speedy recovery.”

In what was an intensive Test programme in November, second-row Etzebeth played a total of 245 minutes on the recent Springboks tour.