Eben Etzebeth: Springbok bruiser on brink of elite ‘100 club’

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.

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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’.

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To date, only six players have reached a century of Tests for South Africa.

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They are:

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.

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