Etze­beth to cap­tain Boks on tour

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After a ram­pag­ing per­for­mance against the All Blacks at New­lands last week, lock Eben Etze­beth has been in­stalled as Bok skip­per for the re­main­der of the year, writes Craig Ray.

Coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee con­firmed the ap­point­ment on Thurs­day, hours after it was re­vealed that No 8 War­ren Whiteley would not play again this sea­son. Whiteley was named as cap­tain in June but suf­fered a groin in­jury be­fore the third Test against France and has sub­se­quently had surgery.

Al­though it was hoped he would tour Ire­land, Europe and Bri­tain with the Boks in Novem­ber, his re­cov­ery has been slower than ex­pected.

Coet­zee said Etze­beth has been im­pres­sive in the new lead­er­ship role so far this sea­son and it made sense to re­tain him.

“With Eben at the helm for the out­go­ing tour, we are look­ing for­ward to con­tinue our process of build­ing con­ti­nu­ity, co­he­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence within this team as we also start to build to­wards the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan,” he said.

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