Etzebeth out for Italy Test, no replacement to be named

The 25-year-old left the field in the first half after a head collision with Billy Vunipola at Twickenham.

FILE: Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth and hooker Adriaan Strauss take part in a gym session at the Stellenbosch Rugby Academy on 23 October 2014. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Lock forward Eben Etzebeth will not be considered for the Springboks’ Test match against Italy on Saturday following the concussion he suffered in the 37-21 loss against England.

The 25-year-old left the field in the first half after a head collision with Billy Vunipola at Twickenham over the weekend.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee confirmed that no replacement will be called up as the Springboks currently have the appropriate lock cover.

Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lood de Jager and Franco Mostert are the other locks in the squad, while Oupa Mohoje and Willem Alberts have both provided cover in the lock position previously.

Veteran winger Bryan Habana, who missed out against England, had a full run at training on Monday and will be available for selection.

Meanwhile, uncapped flanker Uzair Cassiem joined the squad on Sunday in Italy as replacement for the injured Roelof Smit, the Cheetahs players had his first training session with the squad.

The Springbok team to play against Italy will be named on Thursday as Coetzee and the team will be desperate to get back to winning ways in what has undoubtedly been a disappointing year thus far.