Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has said that he can concentrate fully on preparations for the Rugby World Cup, despite a controversial incident in Langebaan at the weekend.
Various people on social media have alleged that Etzebeth was part of a fracas in the West Coast town on Saturday night, which led to a man being injured and requiring treatment in hospital.
Etzebeth, his brother Ryen and other family and friends had visited Die Watergat pub in Langebaan on Saturday night, and the owner told Sport24 that a scuffle between members of Etzebeth’s group and others had been sorted out in his venue.
But the matter then reportedly reignited outside the pub later in the night, with Etzebeth himself being accused of physical and racial abuse.
The 28-year-old giant has denied the allegations, stating on Facebook: “It is completely untrue and unfounded to claim that I physically or racially abused anyone in Langebaan, as has been reported on social media. Multiple witnesses can corroborate that.