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Eben Etzebeth. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springbok superstar picks Kaizer Chiefs as his No 1 team

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has identified Kaizer Chiefs as the club he supports on the local football scene.

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Eben Etzebeth. Photo: SA Rugby website

World Cup winning Springbok Eben Etzebeth has become one of the most well-known South African sports stars, and currently plies his trade for the Durban-based Sharks.

Previously, the other club he played for in South Africa was the Stormers, but in an interview with Radio 2000 he picked Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs as his local football team of choice.

“I grew up close to Ajax Cape Town (now Cape Town Spurs), they are probably my most local team,” Etzebeth said when appearing on the Game On segment.

“I don ‘t watch a lot of PSL but probably if I had to pick one (team to support) I would go with Kaizer Chiefs.”

When it come to English football, Etzebeth added: “I am and have been an Arsenal fan for many years,” he shared.

Eben Etzebeth turns attention back to rugby matters at hand

Etzebeth will look to lead the charge for the domestic franchises when the Sharks face the Scarlets in Llanelli on Friday.

The Durban outfit have an historic opportunity in less than two weeks’ time to cap off their season with some silverware in the Challenge Cup.

John Plumtree’s charges became the first South African team to qualify for an EPCR semi-final when they beat Edinburgh, and will face French Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne in London on Saturday, 4 May.

Test centurion Etzebeth is one of eight World Cup-winning Springboks in a star-studded Sharks squad, and speaking in a video posted on social media, the SA Rugby Player of the Year pulls no punches.

Ja, it’s been an extremely disappointing season. After the Lions loss at home [on 6 January] it was quite a big thing for us,” he said.

“Realising that we can’t go on this way, that we can’t be the laughing stock of South Africa. We need to change.

“We’re working hard, the last few games have been good results and we would love to take that into next season and would obviously love to finish on a high with the Challenge Cup.”

URC Match information for this weekend:

Scarlets v Hollywoodbets Sharks

Date: Friday, 26 April

Venue: Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli

Referee: Mike Adamson

SA Time: 20h35

TV: SuperSport

Vodacom Bulls v Ospreys

Date: Saturday, 27 April

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Chris Busby

SA Time: 15h00

TV: SuperSport

Emirates Lions v Munster

Date: Saturday, 27 April

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Craig Evans

SA Time: 17h00

TV: SuperSport

DHL Stormers v Leinster

Date: Saturday, 27 April

Venue: DHL Stadium, Cape Town

Referee: Andrea Piardi

SA Time: 19h05

TV: SuperSport