Eben Etzebeth will remain with the Springboks unless the police require the reconsideration of the SA Rugby Union amid allegations he was involved in an assault over the weekend in Langebaan.
The national union has now moved to support the player.
SA Rugby statement on the matter:
‘The South African Rugby Union is a law-abiding member of South African society and has no tolerance of acts of violence or racial abuse. We will co-operate with the authorities in any way necessary. Our Rugby World Cup squad will have no place for anyone who transgresses those principles.
‘But we also trust our people to act responsibly and tell the truth. We have spoken to Eben and he categorically denies any physical or racial abuse on his part as has been alleged in social media.
‘He is a member of the Springbok squad and will remain so unless police authorities require our reconsideration.’