The Sharks are hoping to renew the contracts of Frans Steyn, as well as Du Plessis brothers Jannie and Bismarck – as soon as possible after the Super 14.
It was reported last week that Steyn had already signed for French club Racing Metro. However, he has not yet committed, in spite of a big offer being on the table.
De Jongh Borchardt writes in Rapport that the French club is prepared to release Steyn should he be picked for South Africa, but Steyn is weighing up how French tax legislation will influence his income.
It has also come to light that a number of European clubs are chasing the signatures of the Du Plessis brothers, even if they do not want to leave Durban. They recently bought a house there.
All three players’ contracts expire at the end of the year, but they have been offered extensions.
While no cut-off date has been set, the Sharks are hoping to tie up the deals shortly after the Super14.
The Sharks’ offer to Steyn is a very good one by South African standards.
Coach John Plumtree’s willingness to pick Steyn in one position and the Sharks’ good performances in the Super 14 can count in their favour when he makes a decision.
It is believed that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has also agreed not to move Steyn around too much.
Steyn has said he does not mind competing with Stormers captain Jean de Villiers for South Africa’s No 12 jersey.Tweet