Frans the reluctant hero

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2013 at 08:31
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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.


  • Go Fransie!

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.13 08:45:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Big shoes to fill.question for all the bloggers out there,how many sharks captains have gone one to captain the bokke?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.13 09:20:32 by shaniboi Reply

  • Well done Fransie. Now make us proud!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.13 09:25:23 by Viking Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 2) : off the top of my head, Philip Nel, Wynand Claassen, Gary Teichmann and John Smit…

    No sure if Claassen was still with NTvl when made Bok captain, though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.13 10:07:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : And Tommy Bedford.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.13 10:15:22 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Definately in Natal already – he suceeded Morne Du Plessis who had captained the Boks in 1980 against the Lions. Wynand played for natal in 1980 in a loose trio with the outstanding Aussie Mark Loane, who played for DHSOB, and fellow Collegian wally Watt. That 1980 side beat Northerns at Loftus. tThe following year – 1981 – saw Natal relegated to the B division after loosing the promo-relegation game. A game incidentally in which none of the Natal Boks that had been in NZ were allowed to play – cant remember why.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.13 10:16:26 by steve Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Johann Muller

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.13 10:23:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Do not forget that Bob Skinstad’s last two appearances as captain during the 2007 world cup, he was a shark. 😎

    Johann Muller also captained the boks once in 2007 versus NZ, as a shark.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.13 10:26:31 by King Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Oh, every single test Wynand Claasen played for the boks, happened during his Natal era. He also captained the boks for each one of those tests.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.13 10:27:34 by King Shark Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 6) :Man I remember listening to that game on the radio. Pete Smith (now a big shot at the Sharks rugby union) was the flyhalf and I remember Tim Cocks (full back)lost a boot at one of the loose scrums. Cocks or Smith put over a dropkick. Ive probably got all the details wrong its been so long ago. This was an immense victory in those days. Natal ended third in the Currie Cup that year just missing out on second place.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.13 10:34:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : oh of course!

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.13 10:35:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • how old are you guys lol

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.13 19:04:58 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 12) : Ha, ha…lets just say old enough to remember when Natal rugby was not only about winning. Also old enough to remember when someone that played for Natal could just as easily be the guy that was sitting next to you at lectures, or in Wally Watts case, be standing next to you on the beach fishing.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.13 14:23:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : It certainly was an immense victory at the time. I remember hearing that Mark Loane spent the night phoning everyone he could think of in Australia to tell them the news. Pete Smith played a lot at flyhalf that year but for some reason I recall Gus Ferguson as the 10 at Loftus – but as you say it was a long time ago

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.13 16:45:40 by steve Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : The 1980 side also went down narrowly to the British Lions who toured that year. a game they could have won. Collegians prop Bennie de Klerk couldnt hold on to a pass a metre from the tryline. Those were the days when props rarely touched the ball and certainly didn’t run with it!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.13 16:53:19 by steve Reply


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