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 has been appointed despite having the danger of legal proceedings hanging over him.
Even the South Africa Rugby Union has started a confidentialinternal process using Etzebeth over allegations he and racially abused a person in South Africa ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
The South African Human Rights Commission says it will begin proceedings against Etzebeth on Friday however hes been chosen to begin to the side that beat against Namibia.
I wont lie for you and say we all understand much about what is happening with the situation back in South Africa, said Springboks assistant trainer Mzwandile Stick.
At the moment, we are in the World Cup as coaches and players. Were ensuring we get the team in the space. Eben was focused on that which we want to attain, and the management will take care of the instance, and SA Rugby back in South Africa.
Eben is a part of the group in the World Cup, and hell play on Friday. Hes been in a good area in the group, and the players too.
Siya Kolisi returns to skipper the side and the flanker revealed morning, the Springboks team felt tremors in their resort after an earthquake in the Shizuoka area of Japan on Wednesday.
Cheslin (Kolbe) was snoring and sleeping, so I believed it was him! Stated Kolisi, that captains South Africa for the time.
It was something different – I have never believed anything like that. I had been excited but scared at precisely exactly the same time.
Last 27, the Springboks started their Pool B campaign by losing to World Cup holders New Zealand but bounced back to inflict a defeat Namibia.
Kolisi insists as another defeat would end their hopes of attaining the quarter-finals, South Africa havent been missing for motivation because then.
He added:Weve got a really important game, and every game from today is a play-off match because, when we slip up, were out of this contest.
Italy are a good side who have beaten us previously. In a sense, were lucky that we have to play with a knockout game normal.
Its one of the games that you would like to be playing as a participant. We have just ready as much as we can and educated well and are really confident in our plan.
Bonus-point wins have accumulated from Canada and Namibia to sit very top of the pool but they currently face a negative they have beaten only once in 14 prior matches.
Hooker Luca Bigi is relishing the competition although south Africa prevailed 35-6 in their last meeting in November 2017.
He said:I understand what they are like from two years back at Padova. We must be competitive. We must be ascertained, with the right attitude, because weve been thinking about this game for four decades.
Conor OShea has made three changes to his starting returning to play with his 142nd Test game, exceeding Brian ODriscoll as the northern hemispheres record-appearance manufacturer.
Only Richie McCaw [148] has made more appearances.
We have considered this [game] for four years, said Parisse.
We wish to be competitive to the finish. We dont have the strain on us. They are the individuals who are feeling the pressure.
We only need to go outside and not complete the game with 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, two 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, 2 Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 David Sisi, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Braam Steyn, 7 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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