Stormers dismiss talk of Etzebeth move to France

Cape Town based Super Rugby franchise the Stormers have brushed off rumours that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth could be about to move to Toulon in France.

French newspaper Var Matin has reported that the Bok lock could leave Cape Town and join Toulon in the Top14 after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Twenty-three-year-old Etzebeth has been touted as an ideal replacement at Toulon for Bakkies Botha who announced his retirement from international rugby last month.

Botha is expected to leave Toulon at the end of the European Rugby season which finishes in June next year.

However Western Province chief executive Rob Wagner has dismissed the reports of Etzebeth’s move by pointing out that the player is contracted with the WPRFU until the end of the 2016 season.

“I’m not disturbed by such rumours,” Wagner told Netwerk24.

While Wagner has dismissed the reports on the strength of Etzebeth’s contract it is becoming more and more common for players to be released from their contracts as they look to cash in foreign contracts with strong currencies.

Etzebeth has won 33 caps for South Africa since making his international debut in June 2012 against England in Durban.

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