Eben Etzebeth named in South Africa team to play Italy despite racist abuse allegation

South Africa vs Italy
World Cup
10:45am Friday 4th October

Eben Etzebeth was appointed despite getting him hanging on.
Even the South Africa Rugby Union has started a discreetinternal process using Etzebeth over allegations he physically and racially abused a individual in South Africa before the Rugby World Cup.
Hes been chosen to start to the side which beat Namibia although the South African Human Rights Commission says itll start proceedings against Etzebeth.
I will not lie to you and say we all know much about whats happening with the case back in South Africa, explained Springboks assistant trainer Mzwandile Stick.
At the moment, were at the World Cup as coaches and players. We are ensuring we get the team in the right space. The management will handle the case, and eben was focused on that which we want to achieve, and SA Rugby back in South Africa.
Eben is a part of the squad in the World Cup, and he will play on Friday. Hes been in a good area in the group, and together the players also.
Siya Kolisi contributes to skipper the side and the flanker showed morning, tremors were felt by the Springboks team at their hotel.
Cheslin (Kolbe) was snoring and sleeping, so I thought it was ! Said Kolisi, that captains South Africa for the time.
This was something different – Ive never felt anything like this. I had been still excited but scared at exactly the identical time.
Last week the Springboks began their Pool B campaign by dropping to World Cup holders New Zealand but bounced back to inflict a defeat.
Kolisi claims South Africa havent been lacking for motivation since then, as another defeat would end their hopes of attaining the quarter-finals.
He added:Weve got a vital game, and every game from now is a play-off game since, if we slip , we are out of this contest.
Italy are a fantastic side whove beaten us in the past. In a way, were fortunate that we have to play with a knockout game sooner than usual.
It is one of the games that you wish to be playing in as a participant. We have just prepared as best as we can and educated well and are really confident in our strategy.
Bonus-point wins have collected from Canada and Namibia to sit very top of the pool but they currently face a side theyve beaten in 14 games.
South Africa comfortably prevailed 35-6 in their final meeting in November 2017 but hooker Luca Bigi is relishing the competition.
He said:I understand what they are like from two decades back in Padova. We have to be aggressive. We have to be determined, with the ideal attitude, because weve been considering this match for four decades.
Conor OShea has made three changes to his beginning coming to perform his Test match, exceeding Brian ODriscoll because the maker of the hemisphere.
Richie McCaw [148] has made more appearances than the talismanic No 8.
Weve thought about this [game] for four decades, said Parisse.
We wish to be competitive to the conclusion. We do not have the strain on us. They are the individuals who are feeling the pressure.
We just want to go outside and not finish the match that has any regrets.
South Africa: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Peter-Steph du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn.
Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 Michele Campagnaro, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Andrea Lovotti, two Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 David Sisi, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Braam Steyn, seven Jake Polledri, 8 Sergio Parisse (c).
Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Callum Braley, 23 Carlo Canna.

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