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Steyn calls time on French sojourn


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 2 Apr 2012 at 10:04
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Racing Metro have today confirmed via their website that Frans Steyn has rejected a contract extension in order to return to South Africa.

While my French is rudimentary at best, Google translate has been of at least some help. Although the translation, “Francois Steyn has finally decided to go home in South Africa, probably pushed by the Federation of South African Rugby who wished to recover its strong player fetish” doesn’t read all that well, it does at least paint the right sort of picture. I’m not going to go into the fetish angle; that’s just too weird for a Monday morning!

Steyn has played for the Parisian club since 2009, earning a reported R21m over the course of three seasons. He is widely expected to conclude negotiations with the Sharks and we should hopefully be able to confirm a new deal in Durban soon.


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  • Hehehe…

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.12 10:08:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.12 10:09:03 by Ben Reply
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  • πŸ˜€

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.12 10:16:45 by Ice Reply
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  • seems like this is happening… best find a way to like it, for those of us who still have doubts.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.12 10:18:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: πŸ˜€ Yay

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.12 10:24:02 by JJR Reply
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  • Steyn and JPP at 12 and 13 for Sharks and Boks…both centers at least 1.90m and 103kg…and fast, gonna be sweet.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.12 10:26:39 by JJR Reply
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  • Welcome back Frans.. From Frans πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.12 10:28:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bloody good news! I know quite a few fans who has a player fetish, so the translation seems solid!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.12 10:34:34 by PTAShark Reply
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  • The fetish bit may indicate that he is going to the Stormers.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.12 10:35:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : I think you meant to say: Wecome back from France, Frans… from Frans πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.12 10:42:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 6) : That would be awesome! Dont know if you watched the cheetahs game. Goosen has got to be the best distributing flyhalf in the comp. I would love to see Goosen, Steyn and JPP with Habs and Mvovo on the wings and Lambie at 15. Lots of speed and strength. We are going to have a problem at 9 tho!

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.12 10:45:05 by Ozbok Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.12 10:49:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ozbok (Comment 11) : Hougie is our number 1, number 2 and 3 is up for grabs…Piennar will probably be 2nd choice 9 and then number 3 could be Sarel Pretorius or they could maybe back young Van Zyl from the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.12 10:50:19 by JJR Reply
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  • @Ozbok (Comment 11) : Why? Hougaard is brilliant.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.12 10:50:24 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : Agree, think he/she forgot bout Hougie…he’s great!! His box kicking use to be his weakness…now it is one of his strengths…he’s got the complete game now.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.12 10:51:40 by JJR Reply
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  • Lekker! Thats gonna make for a solod backline with him next to Lambie and another huge boot to go with Viljoens

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.12 10:53:17 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 10) : ya that too πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.04.12 11:01:19 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : No man it should read:

    Welcome back from France Frans. from Frans. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.04.12 11:03:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Send me the link I will give you a decent translation

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.04.12 11:06:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 10) : 😳 you beat me to it by a mile πŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.04.12 11:06:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : Agreed. Even more threatening at 9 than on the wing in my opinion. Always seems to be keeping those defences around the ruck on their toes.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.04.12 11:08:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Having too much depth is like being too good looking or having too much money… Welcome back Frank! Lambie, Frank and JPP are going to carve up the midfield!

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.04.12 11:09:26 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 22) : Until such time as nobody takes you serious for your abilities because you’ve always cruised by on your looks.

    Or, as will be the case IF he returns to the Sharks, what do you do to try and keep the stars you have sitting on the bench or in the stands happy to just sit and do nothing?

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.04.12 11:22:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 23) : That’s the nature of professional sport i’m afraid. If you’re one of the stars on the bench you’ve either got to work hard to make the jersey your own, hope for an injury to get your shot, or find somewhere else to play your rugby. It’s not nice or ideal, especially if you’re a youngster competing with 17 other guys who are just as good as you are for that one spot in a squad, but it is reality…

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.04.12 11:27:31 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 24) : and so is injuries. So, if player management are truly being done, it should not be a problem either to have a good few stars in one possie.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.04.12 11:51:27 by Ice Reply
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  • Welcome Back Francois Steyn finally we can watch the best centre in SA in fact the best backline player in SA :mrgreen: !

    Bye bye Jean “Donkey” De Villiers and Wynand “Meisikind” Olivier your time is up the king is back.

    This is bad news for NZ and Aussie rugby.

    Mark my words Heyneke Meyer will select Fransie and JPP at centre for the boks. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.04.12 12:08:42 by Muzi Reply

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  • i would pick my backline as follows:

    Mcloed
    Lambie
    Pietersen
    Steyn
    Whitehead
    Mvovu
    Viljoen

    What a backline!

    All we need now is Francois Hougaard to spice it up from scrumhalf… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.04.12 12:24:10 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 26) : Frans perhaps but how can you be so sure of JPP?

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.04.12 12:34:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Just heard that Frans has signed with us. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.04.12 12:42:12 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @VanWilder (Comment 27) : Looks like you team will win the league again this season! πŸ™

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.04.12 12:43:03 by Ben Reply
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  • Brilliant news.

    Welcome home Frans Steyn.

    Really hope we see Fransie back in the Black and White.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.04.12 12:55:31 by Puma Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 29) : Heard from who?

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.04.12 12:56:20 by Puma Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 28) : I am sure because all the other outside centres have not impressed me at all.

    Juan De Jong is explosive but he is built like a twig.
    Sadie is talented,yet to live up to his true potential and suspect on defence.
    De Villiers is a donkey.
    Olivier just does not pass.
    Taute he could do the job at 13 very gifted but injury prone at this stage.

    JPP is a groot,quick and solid on defence and skillful what more do you need for an outside centre

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.04.12 12:57:44 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Ozbok (Comment 11) :

    So which player do you want ‘put down’ in order to make room for Frans?? 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.04.12 13:00:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 33) : JdJ might not be the biggest but he’s a brilliant modern day 13.

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.04.12 13:01:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) :

    Nasty avatar! πŸ™„

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.04.12 13:04:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 32) : from a mate of mine. Asked him for proof. Said it’s posted on twitter.

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.04.12 13:08:38 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 37) : only twitter feed I would trust on that one is TheSharksZA and they’re saying nothing.

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.04.12 13:11:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 33) : “Juan De Jong is explosive but he is built like a twig.”
    That’s neither here nor there. So is Gio Aplon.

    “De Villiers is a donkey.”
    Not much of a rugby argument is it? And de Villiers is a 12? Not even sure why you mention him.

    No mention of Jacques Fourie? Meyer has mentioned that overseas players may be considered!

    As much as I like JPP I don’t really find your arguments convincing.

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.04.12 13:16:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Competition for places just got a little bit intense. Everyone from flyhalf to Fullback is getting cold shivers. Everyone’s security is feeling a bit down.

    Welcome back Frans – good for the team – bygones be bygones mate.

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.04.12 14:25:04 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : Agree with you.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.04.12 14:45:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : Oh and Muzi supports the Bulls and his fav player is Spies. Do you really expect him to give constructive rugby arguments ever? 😈 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.04.12 14:48:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : πŸ˜†

    @Ben (Comment 35) :
    I wouldn’t call him brilliant. A good inside step will only take you so far – an international player needs more.

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.04.12 14:48:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 43) : From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

    One–trick pony (noun):

    Definition:one that is skilled in only one area
    Example: Juan de Jongh with his by now all too familiar inside step is a one-trick pony

    It must be true! The dictionary said so! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.04.12 14:57:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 43) : He’s certainly no Jacque Fourie yet. Guy has got class written all over him. Solid on defence and almost always crosses the advantage line with ball in hand. Had a great game against the Bulls on Saturday. So what do you actually mean with “good inside step” surely he can step both was then as he is a centre and plays on both sides of the field. πŸ˜•

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.04.12 15:01:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 44) : Still think he’s overrated?

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.04.12 15:03:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 46: I’m not sure, but according to Merriam-Webster he is over-hyped. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.04.12 15:07:29 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I though that Juan de Jongh had a fine game against the Bulls. He may only have one trick, but they didn’t able to stop it…

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.04.12 15:14:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 47) : πŸ™‚ Did you watch the Stormers vs Bulls game. If you did, what’s your thoughts of him in that game?

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.04.12 15:16:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : @Ben (Comment 49) : Didn’t actually see the game, so as usual I’m actually talking out my ass… 😳

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.04.12 15:30:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I did see the game, and I mentioned to Rob and some others that he out-played Sadie. Doesn’t change the fact that he lacks variation. Pull up the game of your choice – and look for him stepping outside of a player rather than in.

    Beating a player on the outside takes more pace than stepping in, which is why he probably never goes outside.

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.04.12 15:36:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 51) : Also, the inside step may beat your man, but it takes you closer to the cover defense and generally creates less opportunities than an outside break would.

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.04.12 15:39:32 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 51) : @Culling Song (Comment 52) : With Jacque Fourie out of the picture at the Stormers JdJ will come into his own this year. Just watch the space lads. Really rate this bloke. He’s got that all important x-factor.

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.04.12 15:44:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 51) : Thanks for clearing that one up though. Know what you meant now.

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.04.12 15:46:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 53) : I’d be happy if JDJ proves me wrong (just not against the Sharks!), but I feel more optimistic about Sadie, to be honest. He’s also not the finished article, but I like what I see more than with Juan. But as I said, who knows, maybe this time next year I have to buy you a beer and admit defeat :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.04.12 15:49:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I had to have a chuckle at the french media about Steyn’s departure and telling everyone it wasn’t a poisson d’avril.

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.04.12 16:45:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • 😈 ?Kom huistoe Fransie!!? 😈

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.04.12 16:50:44 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • What does that mean? It was not a “bad vibe goodbye” type of thing?

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.04.12 20:08:20 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 58) : That is wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.04.12 20:23:42 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 59) : Ahhh ” avril” should have known, tx!

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.04.12 20:33:45 by Ice Reply
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  • TUKS OF NIKS!!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.04.12 20:57:21 by klempie Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 55) : JDJ over Sadie any day.

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.04.12 21:29:26 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @Ice (Comment 60) : Poisson d’avril is like april fools in France.

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.04.12 08:56:03 by lostfish Reply
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