South Africa hopeful captain Eben Etzebeth will be fit for Italy clash as under-pressure Allister Coetzee looks to select his strongest XV
South Africa are hopeful captain Eben Etzebeth will be fit to face Italy in Padova on Saturday as under-pressure coach Allister Coetzee hinted he would select his strongest possible team to avoid another demoralising defeat.
Giant lock Etzebeth was forced off in the final stages of Saturday's slender 18-17 victory over France in Paris after receiving a blow to his lower leg, but x-rays revealed no substantial damage.
'The x-rays we did on Sunday all came out normal. We expect it just to be a soft-tissue injury and will manage it accordingly. He has a good chance of playing on Saturday,'... read more
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