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Eben Etzebeth will play for the Sharks against the Lions in a URC derby on Saturday.
Images via X: @sharksrugby

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eben etzebeth, sharks

Eben Etzebeth will play for the Sharks against the Lions in a URC derby on Saturday.
Images via X: @sharksrugby

Springbok and Sharks player Eben Etzebeth may be one of the most loved rugby players in South Africa. He’s also one of the scariest on the pitch, given his quick temper.

The 31-year-old has made headlines for his numerous fights with his opponents on the field.

Eben and the rest of the Sharks squad will take on the Bulls in a United Rugby Championship derby on Saturday, 2 December. The game will take place on home turf for the Bulls, at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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At over two metres, Eben Etzebeth paints a daunting figure on the field. Add in his hot temper, and he becomes a mean machine to his opponents.

Here are five times he lost his cool…

2015: SA vs Argentina

Eben Etzebeth kicked off his first-ever Rugby World Cup experience with a clash against Argentine Tomas Lavanini in the third-place play-offs.

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2016: Eben vs Lood de Jager

They may be Springbok colleagues now, but Eben and Lood, who played for Stormers and Cheetahs, had a massive brawl on the pitch.

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Eben vs Brodie Retallick

Over the years, Eben has had multiple scuffles with the All Blacks player. But Brodie told RugbyPass it’s all harmless fun.

He said: “It’s all part of the game; it’s pretty friendly off the field. We have a beer afterwards, I guess we’re just competitive people.”

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2022: SA vs Australia

In a Rugby Championship test match, a furious Eben Etzebeth took out his frustrations on Australia’s Allan Alaalatoa in a viral video.

Hilariously, the duo later shared a beer and called a truce.

2023: Rugby World Cup: SA vs Scotland

Eben’s latest stint came just weeks ago during the Springboks’s World Cup pool group game with Scotland.

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In a video that went viral on social media, Eben and Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie are seen throwing hands at each other on the side of the pitch.

Here are more clips of Eben during his bad behaviour…


The Sharks vs Bulls derby will see 10 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks face off against each other.


  • Lukhanyo Am (captain)
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Ox Nche
  • Grant Williams
  • Makazole Mapimpi
  • Jaden Hendrikse


  • Willie Le Roux
  • Canan Moodie
  • Kurt-Lee Arendse
  • Marco van Staden