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Eben hits back at Bakkies after criticizing Toulon spell

Springbok heavyweights Eben Etzebeth and Bakkies Botha are embroiled in a war of words after Etzebeth’s decision to leave Toulon in France for the Sharks.

Botha, who played many Tests for the Springboks and also became a Toulon legend, spoke over the weekend about Etzebeth’s brief, injury-interrupted stint with the French club.

He told the French sports publication Midi Olympics that he was disappointed that Etzebeth was consistently injured and performing best for the Springboks.

“Obviously he was not made for France and he will turn his back on the difficulties the club went through to return to South Africa.

“It’s disappointing. I love Eben, I repeat. But you can’t say ‘I want to be champion of France’ on arrival in Toulon and leave some time later without marking the club in some way.

“His first season wasn’t bad, but it’s not enough. When you recruit a world-class player, it’s up to him to make a difference.”

Etzebeth leaves Toulon early and without playing until his contract expires to join the sharks

Late on Monday, Etzebeth hit back at Botha on social media, telling the former Bok sluice that he “noted” his words about his time in Toulon, adding: “Next time you want to SUBSCRIBE an opinion, you have my number.”

Botha and Etzebeth are both considered Bok enforcers because of their hard, no-nonsense play.

Etzebeth ended his tweet by adding the hashtags #exspringbokteammates and #onthoujouerekode (“remember your code of honor”) – presumably a reference to Bok players who must respect and respect the code in order not to criticize other Bok players.

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