South Africa worldwide Eben Etzebeth has been named in the Springboks World Cup squad after denying allegations of assault.
Experiences on social media claimed the lock pointed a gun at a homeless man in Langebaan, a town north of Cape Metropolis.
“It is miles fully counterfeit and inaccurate to scream that I bodily or racially abused someone in Langebaan as has been reported on social media,” he acknowledged.
“A pair of witnesses can corroborate that.”
He added: “I am and ought to serene constantly strive to be a real ambassador to this dazzling rainbow nation and the sport that I like.”
Etzebeth was segment of the South Africa squad who reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and is now map to shuffle back and forth to Japan with the facet, who commence their advertising campaign against defending champions Contemporary Zealand on 21 September.
The South African Rugby Union launched a assertion saying it would “co-operate with the authorities whatsoever predominant”.
“SARU is a law-abiding member of South African society and has no tolerance of acts of violence or racial abuse,” the assertion added.
“Our Rugby World Cup squad can contain no put apart of abode for somebody who transgresses these principles.”
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South Africa World Cup squad
Forwards:Steven Kitshoff, Tendai Mtawarira, Schalk Brits, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Vincent Koch, Frans Malherbe, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert, RG Snyman, Siya Kolisi (c), Francois Louw, Kwagga Smith, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.
Backs:Warrick Gelant, Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Sibusiso Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Francois Steyn, Makazole Mapimpi, Elton Jantjies, Handre Pollard, Herschel Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Cobus Reinach.