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Frans stays a Shark – for now


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 9 Feb 2009 at 14:35
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Frans Steyn is going nowhere. The young rugby star just wants to give his all for the Sharks and South Africa this year.

He visited his parents on their farm outside Bethlehem this past weekend before the Super 14 starts this coming week. Steyn’s contract with the Sharks runs out in October and he has options locally and overseas, according to De Jongh Borchardt of Rapport.

“I don’t want to go overseas because it will look as if I’m running away from my problems. Money is not everything. What’s important to me is to improve in what I’m doing,” said Steyn.

“If I’m stagnating I’ll have to make a plan, and if that means considering my options rather than staying here, so be it.

“At 21 I am at a crossroads in my career. The decisions I have to take now are the most difficult of my life and I pray about it a lot. I have a few options I’m considering, not just overseas. However, I have not signed any contract.

“I did not approach anybody to go and play for them. Clubs approached me, as they do with my teammates as well. People who think I’m not loyal don’t see the smile with which I get up to train every morning.

“It’s going well in Durban. I’m fully focused on the Sharks’ Super 14 campaign and nothing else. I believe we can win the competition. After that it’s the Springboks if I’m picked, and then we have to defend the Currie Cup.”

Steyn is looking forward to the new season, particularly because he’ll be used in one position. He will be the Sharks’ first-choice inside centre this year.

Last year the Sharks used him in four positions, which ultimately damaged his Bok chances. He was also shifted between positions in the Bok side.

“All the moving around meant I could not improve and that was frustrating,” said Steyn. “I know I won’t walk into the Bok side at inside centre because Jean de Villiers is in great form. But that’s not all that it’s about. I owe it to myself to enjoy my rugby again.

“I believe if I play well enough I’ll be in contention when the Bok squad is picked. I will play where they need me and have never made any demands.

“The prospect of playing against the British and Irish Lions is a huge incentive.”



45 Comments

  • 21 and already at a crossroads. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.02.09 14:45:27 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : takes himself very seriously, this lightie…

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.02.09 14:53:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thats not a crossroad… its a t-junction

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.02.09 15:01:30 by rahul Reply

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  • If I was a Sharks supporter (spit) I would be so tired of this being an issue every freakin week.

    If he really wants to go then he should piss off.

    I’d rather prefer Butch James or BJ return… now those two are class players!!! (that’s IF i was a Sharks supporter)

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.02.09 15:04:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Sometimes it appears too seriously. :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.02.09 15:06:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 3) : Maybe it’s just a fork in the road.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.02.09 15:07:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : “If he really wants to go then he should piss off.”
    Read the article dude. In fact, let me make it easier for you:

    “I did not approach anybody to go and play for them. Clubs approached me, as they do with my teammates as well. People who think I’m not loyal don’t see the smile with which I get up to train every morning.”

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.02.09 15:09:01 by Baldrick Reply

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  • Plumtree needs to be to Steyn what Heyneke was to Hougaard.

    This kid needs to be managed thats all.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.02.09 15:13:06 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) : yeah – he’s completely right about that. These guys ALL have huge prices on their heads. It’s nothing new

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.02.09 15:24:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • I personally dont mind reading about Frans and France – I view it as the opposition trying to sew the seeds of discontent.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.02.09 15:32:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Some predictions from the Superrugb/Boots & All presenters.

    The Superrugby prediction is as follows:

    Joost and Errol:
    1. Sharks
    2. Stormers
    3. Crusaders
    4. Hurricanes

    Kobus
    1. Sharks
    2. Crusaders
    3. Hurricanes
    4. Lions

    The Boots & All team expects the following:

    Naas Botha:
    1. Sharks
    2. Stormers
    3. Crusaders
    4. Warathas

    John Robbie:
    1. Sharks
    2. Crusaders
    3. Waratahs
    4. Hurricanes

    Darren Scott:
    1. Sharks
    2. Crusaders
    3. Waratahs
    4. Stormers

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.02.09 15:44:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 8) : I couldn’t agree more. Who wants to be 21 years old, and people are literally throwing millions at you. Winning the RWC can also have a hugely daunting effect on a person, especially with regards to maintaining a level of acomplishment. The exp[ectations on you are massive and everytime you do anything, people either praise you like a god, or treat you like shyte.

    At 21 I was content to study, try get lucky and drink. Mostly the latter.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.02.09 15:45:20 by Baldrick Reply

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  • what the article does hint at is he is looking within sa for another team.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.02.09 15:48:56 by try time Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    Joost AND Errol????

    Are they not bright enough to come up with four teams on their own? :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.02.09 15:49:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 13) :

    This article hints (actually more than hints) at the media yet again trying to find something to write about.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.02.09 15:51:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Not sure if Joost can read & write, so Errol probably had to do it for him. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.02.09 15:52:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) :

    Maybe I should FIRST read the article next time before posting… :oops:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.02.09 15:54:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    I like Kobus’ prediction: Lions 4th on the log!!!

    bwahahahahahahahahaa

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.02.09 15:56:28 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : shit – so no pressure then! :shock:

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.02.09 15:56:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dudes have a lot of faith in the crowd at Newlands and Kings Park. :shock:

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.02.09 15:57:54 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) : He’s a funny man ol’ Kobus. :smile:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.02.09 15:59:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • The only way the Lions will make the semis is if all the other teams bugger off to rather go play in the Heineken Cup

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.02.09 16:02:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Or you swap “Auto & General Super 14…” with “British and Irish”!

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.02.09 16:11:35 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 23) : nah dude… even that is debatable.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.02.09 16:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 23) : I reckon the Crusaders at full strength – 2006 vintage – would have beaten the Lions

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.02.09 16:23:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    SA ending 1 and 2!??! That is a bit of a stretch…not impossible…but a stretch…
    I don’t think the Saders will be there (not counting them out completely though…I mean they are the Saders after all)…but I think the Chiefs would…

    I actually think the Force have the best chance of the Aus sides of making play-off’s…but won’t be surprised if no Aussie side makes the play-off’s…

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.02.09 16:35:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • every side has real reasons why they won’t make the play-offs this year… and yet 4 must be there at the death. It’s going to come down to who wants it most… also, don’t be too surprised to see 8 teams still in with a shout of qualification going into the final round

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.02.09 16:37:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ag just leave the kid alone…are we not expecting a bit much from a 21 year old…all this was not even expected of Carter at 21…

    He has talent…he has shown more than once he has…he needs to take control of his career and build on it…if he doesn’t…well then it is a loss…

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.02.09 16:39:22 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    Yeh…I suspect this is gonna be one of the closest years if not the closest…

    I suspect 20 log points or more for every team…

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.02.09 16:45:03 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Well some people really have a hard time understanding a simple thing like sports contracts. Good luck Frans- hope you kick ass!

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.02.09 16:45:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 29) :

    And the final quarter final spot or two to be up for grabs with log points as low as the mid 30’s…

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.02.09 16:46:04 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 30) : the Bakkies Botha School of Contract Appreciation

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.02.09 17:02:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :

    LoL

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.02.09 17:15:22 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hmmm, the quarter finals?? Thats it, now i’ve heard it all…

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.02.09 18:46:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : wes… Hmmmm’s only real problem is that he types too fast for his brain to stand a chance of keeping up. :) Lucky he has such a thick skin that it doesn’t matter

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.02.09 18:55:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 36, posted at 09.02.09 19:06:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    fool

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.02.09 19:07:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : what’s this doing on THIS thread , KSA? :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.02.09 19:19:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :

    Final proof that I AM a man, I can’t multitask. :grin:

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.02.09 19:29:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Or like u always teling me, u started drinking early boet! :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.02.09 19:40:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : @robdylan (Comment 35) :

    Ha-Ha

    I am sounding like ou Joost…jinne I should really either stay away or take an extra few seconds before posting a comment…cozz when you think of two things at the same time…you could confuse the two especially if you do not bother to read what you typed before submitting…LoL…I was reading else about the 7’s on the side and how we fell out of the quarters last night while replying to this thread…
    Yesterday I mistyped everything that can be mistyped and all…

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.02.09 07:02:27 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 41) :

    I know how you feel. :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.02.09 07:27:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :
    I hope you are not suggesting that Steyn went to that “school”… :evil:

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.02.09 07:55:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) :

    Dumb :wink:

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.02.09 10:17:35 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 44) :

    Okay then I DON’T know how you feel. I was feeling unable to multi-task. :smile:

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.02.09 10:35:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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