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Steyn is Racing to France


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Springboks on 11 Jun 2009 at 07:42
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Springbok star Francois Steyn, the youngest ever World Cup winner at aged 19 in 2007, is hoping to star in the next edition of Rugby Union’s showcase tournament despite playing in France.

Rugby 365 reports that Steyn has signed a three-year contract with newly-promoted Racing-Metro, the second Parisian side in the French first division, the Top 14, alongside Stade Francais.

The Sharks back, who says his preferred position is centre or flyhalf, admitted that playing in France had been something that formulated itself during the last World Cup, hosted by France.

“After the 2007 World Cup, I always told myself that I’d come to play in France,” he told L’Equipe newspaper.

“I remember walking around Paris looking at the magnificent streets packed with history, drinking coffee and eating ‘chocolat and banana crepes’ – maybe too much.”

He added: “South Africa has a policy that foreign-based players can play for the national side. I haven’t given up on representing my country at the next World Cup.

“I hope that the Springboks will be the first in history to retain the crown.”

Steyn, who is in the Springbok squad to play three Tests against the British and Irish Lions over the coming weeks, said he was looking forward to playing in a championship that did not mean as much travel.

“The Top 14 and Super 14 are a relatively similar level. The Super 14 only lasts 14 weeks but there are long trips combined with pressure and the demands of the competition.

“I hope my stay in France will teach me to adopt a new approach to matches and make me stronger mentally.

“But it will be a huge challenge to learn a new language, to live far from my family, to live through the European winter.”

With Steyn due to arrive in Paris after the Lions Tests before decamping again to South Africa for the Tri-Nations tournament, it was telling that he named Ireland and Lions centre Brian O’Driscoll, a potential opponent in the weeks to come, as his favourite player.

“When he landed on the international scene it was quickly apparent that he was a player capable of doing some incredible things,” Steyn said.

“And although he is marked by his opponents, he has remained a dangerous player for a number of years.”

When asked whether he agreed with many in France who had named Steyn as the best player in the world, the South African added: “I think you’ve got me mixed up with Brian O’Driscoll.

“I’ve still got many things to learn. For the moment my sole ambition is to become the best player possible. I hope to be able to do that in a Racing shirt.”



22 Comments

  • I think I might just have ‘made Rob’s day’ by posting this!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.09 07:48:11 by wpw Reply
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  • hope the door doesn’t bash him on the ass. Now, let’s see who we replace him with

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.09 07:56:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Robert Ebersohn!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.09 08:06:02 by wpw Reply
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  • He’s going there for the chocolat and banana crepes ? :???:

    Bon voyage Steyn!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.09 08:09:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) : The French will love him :mrgreen:

    @robdylan (Comment 2) : i suspect you of hoping the opposite :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.09 08:17:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • Isnt this kid a chain smoker?France is the spot for him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.09 08:20:41 by Claytie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : let’s hope he believes the rumour as much as you do :-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.09 08:29:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 6) : i’ve heard he likes a puff

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.09 08:29:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Be good for the kid to get away from the rabid masses of Durban who insist he walks on water week in and week out while his coaching masters play the backline shuffle with him.

    Besides a young man should see Europe. I wish him well and look forward to him dropping three points to snatch the RWC in 2011

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.09 08:48:33 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) :

    If they keep him in one position…and he returns to RSA in a few years as a better player…then this whole think will be worth it…for him and the country.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.09 08:52:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) :

    think is a Zulu word for thing :smile:

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.09 08:53:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.09 09:10:01 by Claytie Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : Time to change your Avatar….it disturbes me

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.09 13:32:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    Would you feel better if I changed it to HAMBA SKIPPER! :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.06.09 13:43:03 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : How about NO SKIPPER……no Skipper in my face when I’m trying to have a chat here

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.06.09 14:01:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Cheers Frans, thanks for not a whole lot (in the sharks jersey), Oom Rudolf, please try and get Brad Barritt to return, and then make an offer for Rob Ebersohn :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.06.09 01:48:04 by knock on Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) :
    Fully agree.
    But at the same time Im glad that it is at last official and that it is happening.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.06.09 10:47:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @knock on (Comment 16) :

    Another case of ” you don’t know what you have til it’s gone”…

    This is so much like the Goodbye Brad Barritt thread…
    We can’t fool ourselves into thinking that Frans will not leave a huge gap in the Sharks backline.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.06.09 10:58:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 18) : what is more concerning to me is the amount of young backline talent that has left (or failed to develop – Waylon Murray) in the last year or so without any replacement

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.06.09 11:04:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    That’s my concern…where’s the talent?

    The Academy is feeding the Vodacom and CC sides…but I don’t see a lot of the cream rising to the Super 14 level.

    Also, where can we find a better backline coach cos it looks like we are going from bad to worse…

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.06.09 11:18:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 20) : I feel an article coming on…

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.06.09 11:21:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 18) : I agree. I’m one of Steyn’s biggest critics, but the Sharks and the Boks will miss Frans…if he plays 12 or 15 consistantly he will be a great player and will leave a huge gap in the Sharks line up

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.06.09 11:39:02 by Pokkel Reply
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