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Eben Etzebeth edges closer to a century of Springbok Tests

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Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is closing in on a century of Test appearances in the famed green and gold jersey.

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The second rower will play his 99th Test for South Africa against Wales in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 9 July.

Only six Springbok centurions to date

That means, should be remain injury-free, he will reach the 100th Test milestone in the third and final clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 16 July.

Etzebeth will join a elite ‘100 club’ when he does ‘raise his bat’.

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To date, only six players have reached a century of Tests for South Africa.

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They are:

Name Period Caps Starts Subs Position
1 Victor Matfield 2001–2015 127 121 6 Lock
2 Bryan Habana 2004–2016 124 122 2 Wing
3 Tendai Mtawarira 2008–2019 117 102 15 Prop
4 John Smit 2000–2011 111 94 17 Hooker
5 Jean de Villiers 2002–2015 109 105 4 Centre
6 Percy Montgomery 1997–2008 102 90 12 Fullback

Still only 30, Etzebeth still has a lot of rugby in him and should move up that list before he hangs up his boots for good.

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