Stormers lose Eben Etzebeth for start of Super Rugby season
Stormers will be without their South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth for the start of their Super Rugby campaign.
Last Updated: 10/02/13 3:49pm
Etzebeth has been ruled out of action for six to eight weeks after limping off in the first half of his team's 57-0 pre-season win over the Boland Cavaliers on Saturday.
A subsequent scan revealed he had torn ligaments in his left ankle after landing awkwardly at a line-out.
"It's unfortunate for the team and Eben, but injuries are part and parcel of the game," said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
The Stormers have completed their pre-season schedule with warm-up matches against the Cheetahs and Boland so far this month.
The 2011 and 2012 South African Conference winners will open their 2013 Super Rugby season against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 22.