The incident which earned Eben Etzebeth the reputation as the scariest man in rugby
Eben Etzebeth is one of the best rugby players on earth. Nobody is disputing that. But he is also one of the most intimidating men in the sport. This incident earned Eben Etzebeth that reputation back in 2017.
The game was from a dark time in South Africa’s history. The Springboks had lost heavily to New Zealand the game before in the Rugby Championship and the reputation of the men in green was in tatters.
The 28-year-old is now that star of rugby worldwide!
Karen Etzebeth with rugby legend Eben on Facebook. I never looked like that in my 30s! pic.twitter.com/FdaIt6d4xX
— JG (Johan) van Zyl ✍✝️ (@JGvanZyl_ZA) January 31, 2020
The South African lock was just 25 at this time but he was already earning himself the reputation as a serious enforcer in rugby.
Etzebeth was named captain for this match, but he acted in a manner that would not expect of a captain this day.
Eben Etzebeth would earn his ferocious reputation as one of the most terrifying men in rugby on this day.
In the match, there was a moment where Australian full back Israel Folau pulled the hair of winger Dillyn Leyds.
Etzebeth reacted in the only way he knew how, with one of the most dominant displays of physical force that we have seen on a pitch!
Many have commented on how, even after just two weeks, Etzebeth has already established himself as a leader in this Toulon team. That’s quite the achievement for someone who is playing in a team full of players that he doesn’t even fully understand
6ft 7 lock Eben Etzebeth has made a name for himself in the sport as a hard-hitting man who will fight absolutely anyone, even the ref.
Eben Etzebeth has a certain reputation on the rugby pitch, and this video showcases exactly that. It was not long ago that Etzebeth was being considered as captain for the Springboks but now that Kolisi has taken that mantle, it appears that Etzebeth will not reign in that feisty anger of this.