Bok hard man Eben’s ton up and transition within the team. Welgedaan Eben.

28 May 2024, Tuesday

The first time the rugby fraternity heard the name Etzebeth was actually way back with a guy called Cliffie Etzebeth – he was Eben’s uncle and a real hard man in WP rugby. (Playing for Western Province, Villagers, Police & Goodwood)

He was also a renowned wrestler.

Eben probably learnt early that you cannot win a rugby match without an   ‘ENFORCER “  in your pack – or was told so by Uncle  Cliffie  –  so he positioned himself  well for his career and entry onto the world stage  at age twenty : “THE ENFORCER “

Who can remember when in the RWC 2019 final we saw the Boks take the field with four enforcers in their starting lineup – little wonder why we won.

It becomes tough for opposition when they are up against a physical specimen/s for eighty minutes.

Eben’s early and mid career were characterized by nervous  coaches wanting to know  what he would do next , but after a few off  the field real life wake up calls , it all changed. Eben developed an all round game plan , a new persona , AND yet never failing in his primary role as the #1 ENFORCER.

His off the field skills developed immensely as he helps many fellow players develop and grab their opportunities – and also the fans who love it even more when he becomes real physical.

After 100 games in the green and gold, the press and commentators are spot on when they say he has transitioned to become one of the team’s elder statesman.

A true accolade to a truly great player, great guy.

A   human rarity – a special physical specimen of note.

A supreme athlete of note.

A human of note. 

Welgedaan 100!

Halala Eben – and a warm welcome to Durbs !  


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