Maybe Peter is taking things a bit far now. How can you just make accusations that a player may not have the heart to represent the Boks anymore??
Frans Verstaan has eventually opened his mouth after the umpteenth remark by the somewhat controversial Bok Coach.
In an exclusive interview with Frans, he said that he is tired of being labeled a difficult customer. The following facts were revealed:
- When he played earlier this year against Wales, he traveled at his own expense and without the necessary permission from Racing Metro to represent the Boks.
- Since that test he has not spoken a word to Peter.
- During a meeting on 28 May, De Villiers promised to speak to France to sort out matters with Racing Metro. This is still to take place.
- Peter Jooste phoned Steyn a week ago to tell him that he will only be in the mix for the EOYT to Britain and Ireland. Steyn was very surprised to learn he is in the Springbok set-up for the remainder of the Tri-Nations games.
- According to News 24 sources, Steyn was included last Friday in the Bok squad after senior players insisted on his inclusion.
- SARU did not contact Steyn’s club in time as per IRB’s regulations to release him from his overseas responsibilities – this should be done 14 days prior to the relevant date. SARU only contacted the French Rugby Federation on Wednesday. Steyn says he has no choice but to wait for his club’s permission. “I have a contract with Racing Metro, I do not have a bok contract”.
According to Steyn he is being labeled as someone who does not want to represent his country and his commitment is being questioned. That’s not true. “Peter gave me his word on 28 May that he will travel to France to sort out my things with the Club. He has not been there yet and I have not spoken to him since the Wales test.”
“After the test I heard that Peter said that the European players are not good enough to play for the Boks as the Southern Hemisphere rugby pace is too high.”
“Racing Metro pays my salary and treats me well. I do not have a Bok contract. And now I have to hear that I do not have the heart to play for the Boks|. Despite everything, I will be the first person on the plane if I get permission to play for the Boks.”
“I phoned the coach this week and left a message on his phone. I assured him of my commitment and that I am very eager to play for the Boks.”
“I want to play for my country if I am good enough and I will do anything to play for South Africa” I HAVE the heart AND I will die on the field for South Africa.”
Well, Fransie – I, for one, do believe you!!
All information courtesy of Rapport, Rugby 365 and other media who reported on this….happy?Tweet