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Steyn: “I have moved on”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 25 Sep 2010 at 09:37
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Rugby World Cup-winning utility back Frans Steyn said he is unlikely to play for South Africa again while Peter de Villiers is coach and accused him of being ‘disrespectful’.

Steyn, speaking ahead of his club Racing Metro’s Round Eight Top 14 match against Biarritz on Saturday, revealed that De Villiers had again failed to turn up for a meeting with the French club and Steyn himself to resolve the ongoing club-versus-country dispute.

Now, Steyn hinted, he may have to put his international career on hold and focus on his French club duties only.

Steyn, a key member of the 2007 World Cup-winning side, hit out at De Villiers for skipping the meeting they were supposed to have had last week.

“He was supposed to come to Paris on September 18,” Steyn told French rugby paper Midi Olympique.

“He [De Villiers] cancelled the meeting.

“It’s not the first time he has done that.

“It’s a lack of respect for Racing Metro, a lack of respect for me,” Steyn continued, adding that he felt he was no longer wanted by the Boks – despite answering an SOS during the Boks’ home leg of the Tri-Nations.

“I don’t expect anything from the Springboks anymore,” he added, “I have moved on.”

The 23-year-old utility back, who was moved to fullback by Racing this season at the request of the Bok coaching staff, has had several previous run-ins with De Villiers – once famously walking out of a meeting.

Earlier this year De Villiers caused an outcry when he questioned whether Steyn still had the heart to play for his country.

However, rugby365.com later revealed that the problem was an administrative blunder by the South African Rugby Union, who failed to file the necessary documentation on time to have the player released from club duty.

Steyn was left out of the Springboks’ squad for the Australasian leg of the Tri-Nations, but was then recalled for the home leg of the tournament after an injury crisis and then featured at fullback in the 44-31 victory over Australia on August 28.

Steyn, who is still keen to participate in next year’s World Cup in New Zealand, said he hoped that things would change in the months to come.

“It is too soon to say that I will not be there,” he said of the World Cup.

“But it is certain that I will accept Racing’s decision. You play the World Cup to face the best players in the world,” he told Midi Olympique.

“Here in the Top 14, I play against [Yannick] Jauzion… and I will also play the Heineken Cup and face [Brian] O’Driscoll, so it’s about the same.”

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • HEY WPW!!!! Get out of bed you lazy arse mother!!!! :shock:

    This is quite different from making yourself unavailable. :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.10 09:39:12 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply
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  • Frans is now starting to piss me off aswell. He and Watson will become great friends in no time :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.10 09:41:46 by Jarson Reply
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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 1) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.10 09:43:25 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) :

    Except that he is a “Dutchman” So Luke will want to puke on him. :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.10 09:44:08 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 4) : Hehehe! :lol: :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.10 09:45:57 by Jarson Reply
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  • I agree with everything that Steyn says, now that he has said it, but he should not have said anything in the 1st place.

    These sorts of things should be sorted out in the backrooms and not be brought out in public.

    I don’t really think PdV has been disrespectful, it is IMO more a case of being a little disorganised

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.10 10:02:59 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • While I do think Frans has a point, Pdv and the gang are a bit disorganised to say the least, I feel Frans might have handled it better.

    Yes SA rugby stuffed him around and the Sharks as well ( saw an old espn match last night where Frans featured on the wing for us ! ) but by airing his views like this he gives me the impression : he`s too big for the game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.10 10:11:36 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Ai Fransie, cheers

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.10 10:14:15 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • can we please stop giving column inches to this overrated, ego-inflated prima donna?

    Cheers, Frans. You remain a prize tool. Should’ve stayed at Free State. You and Harold Verster could’ve been great mates

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.10 10:15:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Frans is an amazing talent and I would welcome a more mature Frans back to the Sharks.

    Neither Frans nor SA Rugby have handled this situation well, but for me the real issue is that we should NEVER select overseas-based players.

    Problem solved.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.10 10:26:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • KSA ‘Bleskop’ Shark
    Go read the sport24 article.
    He is making himself unavaiable isn’t he??
    Didn’t he do the same thing before the Wales test??
    He also compared himself to Smit and Matfield by saying ‘why can Div visit their clubs but not his club’
    Did Div get on a plane to Ireland to meet with JDV’s club??
    Or CJ and BJ’s clubs??
    Frans kan gaan doppies blaas!! :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.10 10:27:06 by wpw Reply
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  • Good Riddance..

    Give the jersey to Taute and see what he can do.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.10 10:50:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I rate steyn, whatever his attitude is. He is needed in the bok squad for the world cup. If not we will be taking ZK! Help up all…

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.10 11:05:27 by Rahul Reply

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  • move on fransie!!! Please move on buddy :D

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.10 12:52:26 by Megatron Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    No Wes he isn’t?

    Other than the misleading headline there is NO MENTION of him making himself unavailable.

    Here is the article. Please show me where he is quuted as saying that?

    Steyn puts Bok career on hold

    Paris – Racing-Metro’s South African back Francois Steyn says he’s prepared not to take part in next year’s World Cup because of the lack of respect shown to him and his club.

    “Peter de Villiers (the South Africa coach) was due to come to Paris on September 18,” Steyn told Midi Olympique newspaper.

    “He cancelled the meeting. It’s not the first time he’s done that. It’s a lack of respect for Racing and a lack of respect for me.”

    The 23-year-old Steyn, a member of South Africa’s World Cup-winning squad in 2007, joined Racing for the 2009 season but has only rarely been called up since then.

    He was lately selected for the Springboks’ final Tri-Nations games this season but had to contend with criticism from de Villiers, who has been outspoken on the form of South Africans playing in European leagues.

    “When John Smit (Clermont) or Victor Matfield (Toulon) came to France, everything was clear between the South African Rugby Football Union, them and their clubs,” Steyn said.

    “I don’t understand why the federation doesn’t act in the same way with Racing. It has said and promised many things but nothing has been upheld.

    “I don’t see why I would respect people who don’t respect me, who don’t respect my club.

    “I’ve got this umpteenth meeting cancelled as proof. I’ve taken note of that and so expect nothing more from the Springboks.”

    Steyn added of his participation in the World Cup: “It’s too early to say whether I’ll not be there. But I’ll definitely do what Racing want. If my bosses don’t want me to go, I won’t.”

    The pro-Steyn media lobby believe the booming boot of the former Coastal Shark and ability to kick penalties from extraordinary distances make him indispensable for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.10 14:39:24 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • In the end,Frans will laugh last. He’ll get more game time, no politics in team selections, and he’s paid a helluva lot more.
    So, enjoy being s professional rugby player Frans, and stop whining. I mean, he’s already got a world cup under the belt!

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.10 14:43:54 by Crock Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    can we please stop giving column inches to this overrated, ego-inflated prima donna?

    No dude THAT isn’t fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody speaks about the Bok coach like that!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.10 14:46:16 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 17) : no smileys after that comment?

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.10 14:55:55 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 18) :

    None needed. :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.10 15:15:36 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • I see that idiot Snor is in the news again for all the wrong reasons. Thank you SARU for appointing this blowhard and showing the world what happens when you don’t appoint people to positions on MERIT! :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.10 20:31:49 by klempie Reply

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  • klemps
    You really are asking to be maderated hey??

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.10 20:56:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 21) : I haven’t said ANYTHING outside of the rules Pensie. :twisted: That’s the beauty of having an elephant in the room, old chap. When someone finally starts talking about it, he doesn’t have to actually refer to it directly for everyone to know he’s talking about it. :cool:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.10 20:58:28 by klempie Reply

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  • That’s not an elephant in the room – that’s having the tact of an open sewer. :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.10 21:15:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 23) : :lol: :lol:

    What can I say? I have a gift! :grin:

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.10 21:17:08 by klempie Reply

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  • Frans and PDV are getting into the spirit of National Braai day and acting like chops.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.10 21:39:27 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 25) : Shit I completely forgot it was Braai Day!! :evil:

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.10 21:43:22 by klempie Reply

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  • Frans Steyn said he is unlikely to play for South Africa again :cry: while Peter de Villiers is coach and accused him of being ‘disrespectful’.
    well that point i agree with FS if he really want FS he would nt cancell the meetings its nt good from SA point of view so how many times must PDV make us look bad gee PDV my point of view i and we don’t want you so go and do a hike out of the SA team please i’m nt going to say we lv u when we don’t so cherrie o and of you go :evil:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.10 22:19:28 by chaz Reply

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  • OK, so both Fransie and PdV must get a media spokesperson and just shut up, neither seems capable to open their mouth without inserting something distasteful.

    So the meeting was postponed by SARU when an IRB conference was canceled, as were meetings with Ulster and Bath. Neither Butch James, BJ Botha nor anyone else currently playing for Ulster seem to have a problem with this. But there is so much animosity between Fransie and PdV nothing will work. There is one thing though, there is only one Bok coach, there are many Bok players, Fransie must grow up and realize this.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.10 03:53:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Well maybe if the Sharks fans did not boo him all the way to France he may have a heavy heart about the whole thing.

    Cant blame Steyn. South African rugby and the palookas running the show are morons of the highest order. What player is going to give up what he has at Metro for Div, Muir and Gold?

    The French support his flair and attacking play while the Sharks booed his drop kicks and attempts to take the backline on. The French have done nothing but support him while SARU and the coaching staff have treated him like dirt.

    He will be back in the next few years, IF we get a decent coach and another union makes him an offer. The Sharks have nothing to offer him I afraid.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.10 05:44:08 by evilsod.com Reply

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  • In the spirit of PdV I just thought I’d drop in a few days late and leave a comment…

    So here it is…


  • Comment 30, posted at 28.09.10 08:06:07 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 4) : Hey dont talk like that!

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.09.10 09:08:57 by Uli Reply
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  • Look PDV is an Idiot but why is Steyn the only guy he is having problems with Publicly ,ruan pienaar should be angrier at pdv than steyn and he isn,t going around calling people out ,steyn is the bob skinstad of this era can pull of miracles but can also lose you a match

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.09.10 17:00:43 by zvision10 Reply

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