Two Springboks make list of ‘hardest rugby players who ever lived’

Legendary Springbok locks Eben Etzebeth and Bakkies Botha grace an exclusive list after they were included in the top 10 lists of the ‘hardest rugby players who ever lived’, compiled by rugby legends of England and of Wales, Stuart Barnes and Graham Price.

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In a column for The Times as reported by Sport24, Barnes, who is now a renowned rugby commentator for Sky Sports, placed the current World Cup-winning lock, Etzebeth, at number five on his list. Meanwhile, the former prop, Price, in his list published on the Welsh Online website, included Botha and Etzebeth, for their efforts, at nine and 10, respectively.

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Former and current Springboks Bakkies Botha and Eben Etzebeth, for their efforts, feature in the ‘hardest rugby players who ever lived’ lists (Image: Sourced).

The only other players to join Etzebeth in making both former players’ lists are French prop Gerard Cholley, who played 31 Tests between 1975 and 1979, and former All Blacks No. 8 Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, who played 22 Tests for New Zealand between 1986 and 1990.