Etzebeth bound for Premiership - Coetzee


South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee said lock Eben Etzebeth will "definitely" join a Premiership club after the Springboks' November internationals.

Stormers second row Etzebeth has been linked with a short-term switch to Premiership and European champions Saracens after George Kruis and Maro Itoje were sidelined with injury blows that came after Alistair Hargreaves was forced to retire.

Bottom side Bristol are also said to be keen to pull off a major coup by bringing in the towering 25-year-old on loan following the Springboks' Test against Wales on November 26.

Coetzee stated that Etzebeth will definitely play in the English top flight, but was unable to confirm his destination.

"I can assure you it is definitely going to happen. I'm not sure which club he will join though," said Coetzee.

"Eben Etzebeth playing up here would be a great experience for him because he would be playing against top quality locks in the northern hemisphere game.

"He has played against the best in the southern hemisphere. The conditions would be different and he would learn from it.

"But on the other hand it wouldn't be good for the Springboks because Eben would be missing out on a conditioning phase. He would go straight from English club rugby into Super Rugby and then June Tests next year and so on."

The Springboks face England at Twickenham on Saturday.