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Anderson Supports Springboks Rugby Team In Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Etzebeth, Anderson© SARUSpringbok player Eben Etzebeth with Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson made a surprise visit to the Springboks rugby team at their first training session this week in Auckland. The South Africa national rugby union team is in New Zealand for the Castle Lager Rugby Championships.

The World No. 21 met Springbok Captain Jean de Villiers and coach Heyneke Meyer, in addition to players Eben Etzebeth and Brian Habana. Etzebeth, who is a few millimetres taller than the 6’8” Anderson but nearly 70 pounds heavier, said with a smile that his serve, volley and backhand probably weren’t as good as Anderson’s.

Anderson tweeted that it was “awesome” to be at the practice, and will watch his first Bok Test when the team confronts New Zealand’s All Blacks on Saturday at Eden Park. He joked “I’ll wear my boots on Sat just in case!” in response to Habana’s tweet of “Thanks @kevinanderson18 for popping in at training today! #canyouplaylockatall?!”

The 27-year-old Anderson, who reached a career-high Emirates ATP Rankings of No. 19 last month, is in Auckland undergoing treatment for an injury. He will return to the competition in a couple weeks at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

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