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Will Steyn Start?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 23 Aug 2010 at 18:55
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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.


  • 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.

    Ag I just don’t know the English word for this so sorry to the non Afrikaans guys on here. 😳

    Hierdie drol maak my MOEDELOOS met sy HARDEGATHEID en sy KAKPRAATERY. 😳 (to “moedeloos” to bother with an angry smiley.)

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.08.10 19:01:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • De Villiers added that the perceived “saga” around the player was “all a matter of miscommunication


    Was there ANY communication other than the smokescreen you guys tried to throw up to cover your cock-up in not getting the required documents sent to racing metro. Even though Andy Colquhoun very cleverly played with words to make it sound like they had sent the correct documents.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.08.10 19:12:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Stupid decision.

    Anyway, all the best Fransie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.08.10 19:13:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I wonder if Aplon will drop to the bench now that the ‘best fullback in the world’ is available. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.08.10 19:32:41 by wpw Reply
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    TWG15, TWG9, TWG13…….. who next ! 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.08.10 19:36:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • So Jean de villiers and CJ van der Linde had to come back and sign with provincial teams, but Frans, Butch and BJ can stay in Europe…and it looks like Ruan will also be selected from his Europe club.

    This is stupid…now we will see how players start streaming out of the country.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.08.10 09:02:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • Okay – I got quite some flack for my article on Frans setting the record straight…anyone believe me (him) now? That he was not released due to SARU’s slackness??

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.08.10 09:16:38 by Ice Reply
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  • This whole “saga”, as PDV puts it, is nothing more than a beautiful illustration of our useless selection criteria in SA – Only one question should ever be asked about a player before he is selected or not: “is he good enough” (and, by the way, superior skill doesn’t make you good enough, you need to be ‘good’ within the context of the team too). If the answer to that questions yes then surely it doesn’t matter how old, young or ugly you are, nor does it matter where the hell you play your first-class rugby. Seriously, who cares if the oke plays in freaking Mongolia? If he’s a Saffa and as good individually and for the team as Fransie, drop your ego and pick him!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.08.10 10:38:43 by frikie se pa Reply

    frikie se pa
  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 5) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 24.08.10 10:57:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @frikie se pa (Comment 8) : Well said!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.08.10 11:05:34 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Heard an interview on RSG this morning with Snor, where he states how fortunate we as human beings can feel for not being able to see what goes on in peoples hearts, but rather that we must read it in their faces…classic! He said he still questions Fransie’s loyalty and said because he cant actually see what goes on IN his heart,that he will have to see how he plays on the field 🙂 Makes sense 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.08.10 11:29:36 by frikkie se broer Reply

  • @frikie se pa (Comment 8) : ek is met jou, Oom!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.08.10 11:37:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 7) : Okay I humbly apologise for questioning his loyalty Ice, now if only he`d sign for the Sharks again. . .

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.08.10 11:23:24 by Original Log Leader Reply
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  • @Original Log Leader (Comment 13) :

    Apology accepted.. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.08.10 11:35:29 by Ice Reply
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