South Africa vs Italy
10:45am Friday 4th October
Eben Etzebeth has been appointed in the South Africa for Friday’s match against Italy despite getting the threat of legal doubt hanging over him.
The South Africa Rugby Union has begun a discreet”internal process” using Etzebeth over allegations he physically and racially abused a person in South Africa before the Rugby World Cup.
He’s been selected to start to the side that beat Namibia although the South African Human Rights Commission says it’s going to start proceedings against Etzebeth on Friday.
“I won’t lie to you and say we now understand much about what’s happening with the situation back in South Africa,” explained Springboks assistant coach Mzwandile Stick.
“At the moment, we are at the World Cup as players and coaches. We’re currently making sure we get the staff in the area. The scenario will be dealt with by the management, and eben has been concentrated on what we want to attain, and SA Rugby back in South Africa.
“Eben is part of the group in the World Cup, and he’ll play on Friday. He’s been in a good area from the group, and with the players too.”
Siya Kolisi contributes to skipper the side along with the flanker showed morning, the Springboks team felt tremors in their resort after an earthquake at the Shizuoka region of Japan on Wednesday.
“Cheslin (Kolbe) was sleeping and snoring, so I thought it was !” Stated Kolisi, who captains South Africa for the 16th time.
“This was something different – I’ve never felt anything like this. I was excited but scared at precisely exactly the exact identical time.”
The Springboks started their Pool B campaign by dropping to World Cup holders New Zealand but bounced back to inflict a defeat on Namibia week.
Kolisi insists as another defeat would almost certainly end their hopes of accomplishing the quarter-finals, South Africa haven’t been missing for motivation because then.
He added:”We’ve got a critical game, and each game from today is a play-off game because, if we slip , we’re from this contest.
“Italy are a fantastic side who’ve beaten us previously. In a way, we’re fortunate that we must play a knockout game usual.
“It’s one of those games that you want to be playing in as a player. We’ve just prepared as much as we can and educated well and are really confident in our plan.”
Wins have collected from Canada and Namibia to sit very top of their pool but they face a negative they’ve beaten only once in 14 preceding matches.
Hooker Luca Bigi is relishing the competition although south Africa comfortably prevailed 35-6 in their final meeting in November 2017.
He explained:”I know what they’re like from two years ago in Padova. We have to be competitive. We have to be ascertained, with the right mindset, because we’ve been thinking about this game for four decades.”
Conor O’Shea has made three changes to his beginning coming to play with his Test game, surpassing Brian O’Driscoll since the northern hemisphere’s record-appearance maker.
Just Richie McCaw  has made more appearances.
“We’ve thought about this [game] for 3 years,” said Parisse.
“We want to be competitive to the finish. We don’t have the pressure on us. They are the people who are feeling the pressure.
“We only want to go out and not finish the match that has any regrets.”
South Africa: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Peter-Steph du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn.
Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 Michele Campagnaro, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Andrea Lovotti, two Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 David Sisi, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Braam Steyn, seven Jake Polledri, 8 Sergio Parisse (c).
Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Callum Braley, 23 Carlo Canna.