Eben edges Siya in Bok popularity poll
SPOTLIGHT: Ever wondered who is the most popular Springbok? It certainly is not the captain Siyamthanda Kolisi – although he runs a close second.
The popularity survey was compiled by analysing global search volumes in 2021, ultimately allowing them to rank the most loved players this year.
The survey determined that veteran lock Eben Etzebeth – with 9,588 average monthly searches – is the most popular South African player.
Etzebeth is widely regarded as one of the best players on the planet and has also gained the reputation of being one of the most intimidating men in the sport.
Coming in second is Kolisi with 7,968 average monthly searches.
In third with, 3,531 average monthly searches, is flyhalf Handre Pollard – the highest-paid rugby player on the planet.
In fourth is No.8 Duane Vermeulen with 2,649 average monthly searches and completing the top five is lock Lodewyk De Jager with 2,236 average monthly searches – 76 percent less than Etzebeth in first.