Bok enforcer Etzebeth out of rugby until February 2022

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Eben Etzebeth. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Eben Etzebeth. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Springbok lock enforcer Eben Etzebeth has been ruled out of rugby activity until at least February next year with concussion, his club Toulon announced on Friday.

Etzebeth, according to Toulon, suffered his third concussion of the year in the Springboks' narrow 27-26 defeat to England last weekend.

"In the Autumn Nations Cup match between England and the Springboks last weekend, Etzebeth suffered a third concussion in the same year," the club said in a statement.

The Bok lock played in 12 of 13 Tests this year (245 minutes), in what was a stellar year for the 30-year-old. 

The French club said: "After specialist advice and in accordance with the concussion management protocol of the National Rugby League, the player must observe a three-month break."

Etzebeth has been the pick of the Bok forwards this year, putting in mouth-watering performances for his national side during the side's 2021 odyssey.

His omission in the World Rugby Player of the Year nominations - along with other Bok players - raised eyebrows recently, however his enforced break from rugby will come as a welcome reprieve.  

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your views on the World Rugby men's Player of the Year nominations for 2021 not including any Springboks?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
It's a disgrace! Both Siya Kolisi AND Eben Etzebeth should have been nominated!
39% - 6457 votes
Siya, at the very least, should have been included after a superb season
6% - 1022 votes
Etzebeth has been SA's best player this year and should feel hard done by
21% - 3510 votes
Get over it! Moaning about this just sounds like sour grapes!
33% - 5514 votes