Eben Etzebeth gets chocolate birthday cake from South Africa team ahead of their World Cup Bronze Final against ArgentinaEben Etzebeth gets chocolate birthday cake from South Africa team ahead of their World Cup Bronze Final against Argentina Eben Etzebeth turned 24 on Thursday and was given cake by South Africa6ft 8ins lock will line-up for Springboks in Bronze Final against ArgentinaEtzebeth has played in every game for South Africa at the World CupHe praised fellow lock Victor Matfield who will retire after World Cup
Eben Etzebeth celebrated his 24th birthday with his South Africa team-mates on Thursday as the Springboks prepare for their Bronze Final against Argentina.
The 6ft 8ins lock was handed a cake by the team and looked in good spirits in a picture posted on South African Rugby's twitter page, despite his side's agonising semi-final defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.
Etzebeth, who plays club rugby for Cape Town side Stormers, has been a key part of South Africa's World Cup campaign - playing in all six games.
Eben Etzebeth grins after being handed a birhday cake by the South Africa team on Thursday
The 6ft 8ins lock looks exhausted during South Africa's nail biting semi-final against New Zealand
A very happy birthday to @EbenEtzebeth who is getting ready for the last match of #RWC2015 tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/DjGvbRtrdc— South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 29, 2015
Etzebeth looks dejected as he walks off in the pouring rain after the Springboks defeat by the All Blacks
The 24-year-old's first tournament has seen highs and lows, from the earth-shattering defeat to Japan in Springboks opening game, to the quarter-final victory over Wales.
He will be hoping to mark his birthday with a victory over an exciting Argentina side in the third placed play-off at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night.
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Etzebeth was full of praise for his fellow lock, who he said he had learned a lot from during his time with the national team.
'It has been a huge honour to play with Victor,' said Etzebeth. 'A guy with 120 Tests for South Africa doesn't come around every day and it is a great chance to play alongside him in his final Test.
'Any young player can learn off him, he will always be remembered for many years to come.'
'We want one more big performance, not just from him, but the entire team.'
Veteran lock Victor Matfield will play his 127th and last game for the Springboks against Argentina on Friday