Etze­beth weigh­ing up fu­ture moves

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Mahlatse Mphahlele

Spring­bok lock Eben Etze­beth has not de­cided whether he will con­tinue play­ing in SA or move over­seas when his con­tract with the Storm­ers comes to an end in 2019.

There have been re­ports link­ing the for­ward with a big­money of­fer for a move to French Top 14 giants Toulon after the World Cup in Japan in 2019 – re­ported to be in the re­gion of R17m a year from the club bankrolled by French bil­lion­aire Mourad Boud­jel­lal.

“I love South Africa and be­ing in Cape Town with my fam­ily‚ and I am also en­joy­ing my rugby there.

“It is dif­fi­cult to say when I will be mov­ing over­seas‚” Etze­beth said from the Spring­bok camp in New Zealand‚ where they were pre­par­ing to take on the All Blacks on Satur­day.

“I have signed [with the Storm­ers] un­til 2019 and we will see if I stay or go abroad when my con­tract comes to an end.”

The 26-year old Etze­beth‚ rated as one of the best in the world in his po­si­tion‚ is mak­ing a re­turn from in­jury that side- lined him for 2018’s June Test series against Eng­land – which the Springboks won 2-1 – and is in good con­di­tion with the World Cup just over a year away.

“Ob­vi­ously the in­jury affected me and I was not in a good space.

“But I am good shape now and happy to be back with the guys‚” he said.

“I just want to fo­cus on be­ing fully fit go­ing for­ward and help­ing my coun­try to do well in this Rugby Cham­pi­onship and in the fu­ture if the coach se­lects me.”

Pho­to­graph: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IM­AGES

STILL UN­DE­CIDED: Eben Etze­beth is not sure if he will be leav­ing SA in 2019

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