It’s official, Frans Steyn is back in the Springbok squad. The young World Cup winner – who last featured for his country against Wales in early June – rejoined the squad from Paris on Sunday.
Rugby 365 reports that Steyn took part in the Bok squad’s first practice session on Monday in advance of this coming weekend’s Tri-Nations clash against the Wallabies in Pretoria.
Speaking at a press conference afterwards, underfire Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said he was glad to have Steyn back in the squad.
De Villiers added that the perceived “saga” around the player was “all a matter of miscommunication”.
Steyn was called up to a Springbok training camp two weeks ago, but was not released by his club Racing Metro after being injured in a warm-up game.
On-going liaison between SARU and Racing Metro, as well as the French Rugby Federation, has now enabled the Bok utility back to be released for international duty – that after SARU had initially forgotten to secure his release through the proper channels.
Steyn – who has also been battling with a quadriceps injury – turned out for his club last Friday and showed no effects of injury during the Pretoria session on Monday morning.
De Villiers would not speculate on what Steyn’s role might be in the match against the Wallabies, saying: “It is great to have Frans here and he is a great addition to our squad but we have a player in the position who did not do badly last weekend.
“We will sit and look at what will be best for the team this weekend and make it known when we confirm our team on Tuesday,” added De Villiers, who would no doubt have been impressed by Gio Aplon’s performance at fullback against the All Blacks on Saturday.
De Villiers also made it clear that he wants to take action to avoid problems in future with the release of overseas-based players.
“After the Tri-Nations myself and Andy [Marinos] will travel to Europe to sit down with Racing Metro and Frans and discuss the way forward,” said the Bok boss.
“We also plan to meet with Butch James’ club [Bath] and BJ Botha’s club [Ulster] to make sure that all parties are on the same page when it comes to the release of players for international duty,” De Villiers said.
“We have to get our ducks in a row to avoid causing disruptions to both the team and the players.”
Steyn, meanwhile, slotted in well with his teammates at the Monday session. Afterwards he said: “It’s great to be back in the squad.”
The former Sharks back has played Test rugby at flyhalf, centre, wing and fullback and would bolster the underfire Boks significantly – who are yet to pick up a win in the 2010 Tri-Nations – no matter where he plays.
The 23-year-old has played thirty-seven Tests for the Boks since his debut against Ireland in 2006; scoring 89 points (five tries, five conversions, 15 penalties and three drop-goals) in the process.Tweet