Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth is relishing the leadership role that was thrust upon him earlier in 2017 when Warren Whiteley was ruled out through injury. A persistent groin problem forced Whiteley out on the eve of the third Test against France at Ellis Park and Etzebeth was elevated to skipper. So far‚ so good for the lock: played three and won three as captain‚ although that 100% record will be put to the test when Etzebeth leads the Springboks against the Wallabies and All Blacks in Perth and Albany in September. Etzebeth is undoubtedly the best lock in SA and possibly the best in the world‚ but being a leader is something he has grown into‚ rather than something he was nurtured for at a younger age. At 25‚ he is still young, with many years ahead. But Etzebeth has already had a lengthy Test career having made his debut as a 20-year-old in 2012. He has amassed 59 Test caps and is probably more vital to the Springboks than any other player in the squad. "If you had asked me a f...

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