SA Rugby release statement on Etzebeth investigation

By Virgil Maia - 12 September 2019Views : 134

SA Rugby insist they will take "adhere to whatever is decided" after the investigation into the incident involving Eben Etzebeth is concluded.

The 27-year-old Etzebeth has maintained his innocence after being accused of being involved in a racial incident on the eve of the Rugby World Cup.

However, SA Rugby have been compelled to issue another statement after former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers revealed that he would not be supporting his country's team due to his unhappiness over the manner in which the governing body had handled the situation.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon SA Rugby stated: "As good and law-abiding corporate citizens, SA Rugby have given our full co-operation in the Eben Etzebeth investigation and will continue to do so.

"The case is in the hands of the NPA and the HRC. We trust and believe they will investigate it thoroughly. Once their findings are known, we will adhere to whatever is decided.

"We stand by our earlier comments that we will not tolerate acts of violence or racial abuse. SA Rugby will take appropriate action once the legal investigation and process have concluded."