In a piece of news that we all knew about in the back of our minds (but I’m sure most had forgotten about), it’s been confirmed that Frans Steyn has not flown to PE with the erst of the Bok squad.
The Sharks centre, who has been a stand-out player so far in the series, is getting married in Durban this weekend and you’ll recall that part of the deal that saw him agree to come back to the country and play for Heyneke Meyer was that his wedding date was cast in stone, meaning he wouldn’t be available for the third test of the series.
Meyer will be pretty relieved that the series is already tied up at this point; replacing Steyn in this team is going to be pretty hard, for a number of reasons. The first being that Wynand Olivier has hardly set the world alight as a replacement in either of the first two tests and it simply would be a huge gamble to hand the veteran Bull a starting spot right now. With no Juan de Jongh in the squad, the only alternative to Olivier at 12 is to move captain Jean de Villiers back to his more usual inside center position and hand a debut to JJ Englebrecht outside him.
The second problem is that Steyn seems to be the de facto fullback cover in the squad and with Zane Kirchner and Pat Lambie crocked in successive weeks, the coach (who seems to have brought Gio Aplon in under duress) looks likely to have to make changes in the last line of defence too.Tweet