New Sharks captain Frans Steyn caused a bit of a lighter moment at yesterday’s press conference, when he revealed that he was “surprised” to be made captain of the side, following injuries to Keegan Daniel and Bismarck du Plessis.
“It’s not something I (had) thought about too much, so it was a little bit of a shock, but I’m over it now and just trying to do my best,” Steyn revealed to the pack of assembled journo’s, putting into words what I’m sure many of us had suspected. After all, before the announcement, the 25-year-old (with a reputation as something of a maverick) would probably not have been towards the front of the list of potential captaincy candidates, with the popular view seeming to back Pat Lambie or Willem Alberts for that role, if not the old stalwarts like Jacques Botes and Jean Deysel.
Steyn confirmed that he doesn’t feel that he’s changed massively during his stint in France, quipping “I think I’m still the same guy, although Plum disagrees.”
And disagree the coach did, reiterating his comments from last week in saying “I’ve noticed a big difference in him in terms of his personality and character since he’s come back from France. The players have a lot of respect for him as an individual and as a player. He’s a very competitive person. He doesn’t like to come second in anything he does and he’s probably going to be a regular starter.”
Baptisms of fire aren’t going to come much tougher for Steyn than the Sharks’ opening fortnight, with an away trip to Bloemfontein and a home clash against the Stormers set to test his captaincy mettle, particularly given the loss of Alberts in addition to Daniel and the younger du Plessis. He’ll lean on the likes of Deysel, Botes and du Plessis senior (Jannie) but will need to show the same level of composure that saw him emerge as a world beater – and World Cup winner – at the tender age of 19.Tweet