Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is closing in on a select group of players to have made a century of Test appearances in the green and gold jersey.
The second row bruiser will play his 98th Test for South Africa against Wales at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, 2 July.
Only six Springbok centurions to date
That means, should be remain injury-free, he’s likely to reach the 100th Test milestone in the third and final clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 16 July.
Etzebeth will join a elite ‘100 club’ when he does ‘raise his bat’.
To date, only six players have reached a century of Tests for South Africa.
NamePeriodCapsStartsSubsPosition1Victor Matfield2001–20151271216Lock2Bryan Habana2004–20161241222Wing3Tendai Mtawarira2008–201911710215Prop4John Smit2000–20111119417Hooker5Jean de Villiers2002–20151091054Centre6Percy Montgomery1997–20081029012Fullback
Still only 30, Etzebeth still has a lot of rugby in him and should move up that list before he hangs up his boots for good.
Etzebeth has scored three tries for the Springboks.