You’ve got to hand it Frans Steyn – the kid has style. He apparently sent Peter de Villiers an SMS this week informing him that he doesn’t intend to take up his place in the last line of defence for the Springboks against Wales next weekend.
Media reports are blaming a “breakdown in communications” between the former Sharks star and the coach for the latest fall-out and a meeting has apparently been scheduled for this weekend to attempt to thrash out the issues and convince Steyn to accept the call-up. It’s all become quite petty and ridiculous – pretty much what we’ve come to expect in SA rugby circles – with SARU alleging that Steyn is impossible to contact in France (perhaps there isn’t good signal in THOSE clubs he likes to frequent). The counter allegation from Steyn’s camp is that some overly officious SARU minion refused to give him the coach’s new cell number.
This new number of de Villiers’ seems to be causing a lot of people trouble. Remember it was suggested earlier that not even Gary Gold had it. You’d think SARU would spend a few bucks on building a white-pages application for their corporate intranet. They could organise a VPN login for Steyn and the rest of the newly pardoned ex-pat Boks…
It would appear that a little-known Free-Stater by the name of Hennie Daniller is being lined up to replace Steyn should the kiss-and-make-up session not achieve the desired results. I wonder which one will be wearing the make up. Probably not de Villiers. I also wonder how much better Pat Lambie would have to play to be considered a better fullback option than Daniller.Tweet