Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks Pick Eben Etzebeth In Squad Despite Gun Claims
Eben Etzebeth, who has denied allegations of pointing a gun at a homeless man at the weekend, was included in a surprise free 31-man Springboks Rugby World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old lock was accused on social media of insulting, assaulting and pointing a gun at a homeless man on Sunday in the coastal town of Langebaan, 135km north of Cape Town.
“It is completely untrue and unfounded to claim that I physically or racially abused anyone in Langebaan as has been reported on social media,” the 78-cap star told South African media.
“Multiple witnesses can corroborate that. I am and will always strive to be a true ambassador to this beautiful rainbow nation and the sport that I love.”
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus admitted to being “definitely worried” when he heard the news “because it could have been a massive problem for us.”
“I am comfortable with what Eben told me. If it did happen, he could not be part of the World Cup, but at this stage there is no proof.”
A statement from national body South Africa Rugby said: “we have spoken to Eben and he categorically denies any physical or racial abuse on his part as alleged in social media.”
“(SA Rugby) has no tolerance of acts of violence or racial abuse. We will co-operate with the authorities in any way necessary.
“Our Rugby World Cup squad will have no place for anyone who transgresses those principles.” Erasmus said.
Author: AFP AND STAFF WRITERS.