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Steyn linked to Japanese sabbatical


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 6 May 2014 at 10:40
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While it’s yet to be confirmed by either the Sharks or any specific club side over there, it’s looking increasingly likely that Frans Steyn will play out the 2014 season in Japan once Super Rugby has run its course for the year.

Steyn has apparently secured a grudging blessing from his SARU paymasters to take up a short-term Japanese deal, one which will limit his availability for the Rugby Championship and Currie Cup, but will see him return to the Sharks for Super Rugby in 2015 – hopefully in time to gain selection for the Springboks at next year’s World Cup.

Unlike the deals recently concluded by Keegan Daniel and Jean Deysel, Steyn’s trip to Japan will be a temporary one and will have little real impact on the Sharks, since it’s assumed as a Bok certainty, he would have been unavailable for Currie Cup duty in any event. That said, with both Ryan Kankowski and JP Pietersen battling to shake off their post-Japanese largess (with Super Rugby a good few steps up in terms of intensity) adding a third key player to the group that will miss the pre-season entirely cannot be a good thing for the Durban franchise.

You can understand Steyn’s position, though. The money on offer is, I’m sure, simply staggering and with SARU’s position on foreign-based players as fluid as it currently seems to be, it seems rather silly for any top player to not strike while the proverbial iron is glowing.


57 Comments

  • Let him do it, doesn’t bother me. I nearly even support the boke under Meyer, so as long as he is back to play for the sharks all I have is a strong feeling of ‘meh’. I hardly think Kanko has been out of form? And JPP has been up and down, but he always has been that way. Steyn has been playing high intensity rugby since he was 18, some time in Japan will keep his body healthy and fit, while not putting to much strain on him.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.14 10:52:23 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Meyer’s fault with his insistence on picking overseas players. That opened the floodgates, just going to get worse.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.14 10:59:34 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I remember rubbing my eyes last year at how fat a certain outside centre became in Japan. Surely if you’re a professional athlete, regardless of what sport or league, keeping fit should be the least of your challenges

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.14 11:33:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : @PTAShark (Comment 2) : exactly couldnt agree more on both points

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.14 11:35:54 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • What gets me is where the Japanese clubs get the money to pay all these expensive overseas players. Rugby is surely not big in Japan (apologies Alphaville)

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.05.14 11:39:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • its pretty big. The kicker (as I understand it) is that big companies like Panasonic and Toyota by law have to invest a certain percentage of revenue into things like sports, recreation, social upliftment or whatever they call it. Rugby qualifies and it comes with great exposure for these companies. For example Panasonic does not sponsor the Wild Knights. They own it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.05.14 11:46:21 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : This years Kanko is in way better shape (body and mind) than last years version – I think he took a lesson from last year and made sure he was in shape but I dont think he is yet playing to the potential we all know he has.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.05.14 11:50:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • It just shows how players now value the Currie Cup. After playing a ough super rugby comp the last thing they want to put their bodies thru is a tough currie cup on hard fields. So they extend their careers and bank balances by moving abroad. It allows their bodies to recover as they dont play week in and week out in japan and the money secures their retirement. So win win for players in demand. Will only get worse with new super rugby format

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.05.14 12:47:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Hopefully by 2016 everyone will have moved to Japan so we can watch that instead of the new format Super Rugby.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.05.14 12:47:15 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • really don’t like this deals, either play in Japan and stay in Japan or play in SA and stay in SA.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.14 15:00:24 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) :

    I dont know if theyre denigrating the Currie Cup so much as willing to give it up to make a shedload of money.

    Its a career and these deals fill the coffers. I know loads of guys that have done something similar, only difference is they arent professional rugby players.

    BAck to my comment about the Currie Cup – I dont feel so much its that they dont respect the competition, but more that if they have to choose between missing out on SR, the RC, the OCtober tours etc, then the only one they can realistically miss is the Currie Cup. Does sort of help that the Japanese season coincides with the CC…

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.14 16:59:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Rugby is well-attended in Japan. But thats largely because the companies sponsor the whole shebang and employees are sort of obligated to attend…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.05.14 17:00:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Hope Frans won’t become bigger in Japan 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.14 17:40:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : Does Alphaville also have a song called “Big in Japan”? I had assumed everyone was referring to the Tom Waits tune… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.05.14 20:12:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : nice force them to watch rugby ;-P

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.05.14 21:28:18 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : yes they had. Boet how old are you 12?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.05.14 21:30:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : Twelve-and-half, I’ll have you know…!

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.05.14 22:40:38 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : ok so if you were closer to 30 you would have know that ;-P

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.05.14 23:12:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : So would anyone else on the site know about this obscure “Alphaville” you’re talking about…?

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.05.14 07:53:30 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) :

    I’m only 6 and I know Alphaville. One of the most famous bands in the world! Bigger than the Beatles and the Stones combined.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.05.14 10:15:10 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : This is true, the Ville’s grandeur was never limited to the Japanese market only. The fact that they only obscurely allude to their dominion of the far-east islands should not be construed as an admitted short-coming on their part but rather the biggest understatement made in this and any other century.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.05.14 10:34:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : Oh, you’re talking about *that* Alphaville! The band that claimed they were bigger than Buddha…!?

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.05.14 11:00:47 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : @Culling Song (Comment 17) : @JD (Comment 16) : Eish a bunch of kids on this sight or s it a case of ‘we are all forever young’ !

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.05.14 11:19:45 by benji Reply
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  • Alphaville really weren’t a particularly good band. Just putting that out there

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.05.14 11:27:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    Wash your mouth out you Philistine.
    How good were you at music in 1981?

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.05.14 11:31:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 25) : “some are like water, some are like the heat”?

    Reckon I was writing better lyrics than that at the age of 4…

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.05.14 11:39:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    You cant be that dwas dude.

    “some are like water, some are like the heat”?
    MEANS
    “Some get changed, some do the changing”.

    I thought you songsters specialise in euphemism?

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.05.14 12:18:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Were there any good bands in the 80’s?

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.05.14 12:53:40 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) :

    ALPHAVILLE!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.05.14 13:11:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 29) : That was a serious question…

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.05.14 13:15:02 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Depeche Mode, of course

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.05.14 13:16:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : The later 80’s stuff can pass the muster, but those early albums…?

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.05.14 13:36:14 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Eurythmics, Pink Floyd, Human League, Genesis, Madness, Van Halen………………….. lots boet lots.

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.05.14 14:08:45 by JD Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 23) : LMAO ja boet.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.05.14 14:11:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 33) : that’s actually a surprisingly good list. Of course, I consider Floyd to have been past their prime at that point (though still good), and Van Halen were friggin’ awful, but the rest is largely solid

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.05.14 15:34:09 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 32) : ooh no…. A Broken Frame is a masterpiece! I’ll concede that Speak and Spell has few standout moments (although “Any Second Nov (Voices)” is a gem)

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.05.14 15:48:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : It’s been decades since I listened to those albums, so I can’t really comment fairly. I just seen to recall that they were a bit too Erasure-ish for my tastes

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.05.14 16:04:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 37) : well, the first one was largely written by Vince Clarke 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.05.14 16:12:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : I text my case. Clearly a case where the departure of the main songwriter improved the band. Basically the inverse of Pink Floyd then

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.05.14 16:17:34 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 39) : I meant to say “I rest my case”. For some reason I can’t save the post after editing

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.05.14 16:25:50 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : @Culling Song (Comment 37) : this is what I truly love about this site. How it changed from a story about a player leaving to a discussion of 80’s music.

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.05.14 18:10:32 by JD Reply
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  • Motley Crue, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica were some of my favourite 80s bands… which i mostly listened to in the 90s… 😳

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.05.14 18:41:40 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 42) : LOL just as long as you got the 80’s education!!!! ;-D

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.05.14 18:55:48 by JD Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 42) : Hmmm… Band of Susans, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, REM, Dinosaur Jr, The Smiths, Big Black, Joy Division, U2, Butthole Surfers, Depeche Mode, Scratch Acid, Shakespeare’s Sister… apparently I did actually like some 80’s music…!

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.05.14 19:43:53 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 44) : so only baiting us?!?!?! Some great music in the 80’s even my teenage daughter is listening to my 80’s music and loving it!!!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.05.14 20:08:26 by JD Reply
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  • No mention of the Manic Street Preachers yet? Surely we have some of their fans on here? 😯

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.05.14 20:31:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 46) : Are they the guys who sang “Big In Japan”…?

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.05.14 21:48:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 47) : again with that really? !?!?! ;-P

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.05.14 23:06:35 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 47) : Yes, yes they are.

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.05.14 10:16:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 44) :

    Some of those were real beauts!

    I was fortunate enough to see REM live back in 2005. Still one of the best gigs I’ve ever attended.

  • Comment 50, posted at 08.05.14 10:20:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) : I saw them around that same time; they were awesome!

  • Comment 51, posted at 08.05.14 10:29:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) : yup… I also saw them and I concur.

  • Comment 52, posted at 08.05.14 11:01:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : How was that Depeche Mode concert you went to recently?

    oh and Rodriquez?

  • Comment 53, posted at 08.05.14 11:05:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) : @robdylan (Comment 52) : The thing that impressed me was how genuinely their enthusiastic and spontaneous they were, even though at that point they’d been at it for 25 years. Huge contrast to the awful, rigidly scripted U2 concert of a few years prior…

  • Comment 54, posted at 08.05.14 11:22:48 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 54) : Which Tom Waits album would you recommend for a beginner?

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.05.14 11:33:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 54) : Why would I hate myself so much as to actually watch u2?

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.05.14 11:51:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 55) : Start with his old stuff; The Heart of Saturday Night is probably a good place to start. Nice bluesy, dronkverdriet tunes. In the mid-80’s he released a trilogy of albums (Swordfishtrombones/Frank’s Wild Years/Rain Dogs) where he went kind of weird, and since then is been non-stop freakshow all the way… and all the better for it! Bone Machine is my personal favourite

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