Steyn’s Japanese move confirmed

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jun 2014 at 08:34
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Francois Steyn will head to Japan to play for Toshiba Brave Lupus after Super Rugby, according to the team’s weekend press release.

Steyn becomes the latest in a long line of Sharks Super Rugby players to confirm an immediate exit from the franchise post the 2014 installment of Super Rugby – however, despite initial talk that his deal would see him return to Durban for Super Rugby next year (and thus force his way into World Cup contention) there’s no specific mention of that clause in ant of the reports I’ve seen. We’ll need to dig a little deeper to figure out exactly what the terms of this move are.

Chiefs forward Tanerau Latimer will join Steyn at the club, which sounds like what you’d get if a VCR and an auto-immune disease ever decided to have a baby.


  • I hope he will be coming back. What a weird name for a rugby club.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.06.14 08:43:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • I assume the Lupus refers to Wolves and not the disease

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.06.14 08:48:50 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : that is my last desperate hope.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.06.14 09:01:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t think Steyn will leave while White is coach for the SupeRugby team. Will most probably be a deal in the same vein as JP and Kanko. Will be good for Steyn, foreign players don’t play as much in the Jap league due to restrictions, so he will at least get some rest that he would not have gotten here in SA.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.06.14 09:08:46 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Why is everyone leaving since JW took over, things started stabilising when BV took over and seems we losing players left right and centre like when Plum was coach.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.06.14 09:09:03 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Now hold on a second….does he not have a SARU contract?

    Seems he really had enough of rugby in SA. Of course, the general public will blame JW 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.06.14 09:10:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : are you sure about this? From my understanding JPP has had a hell of allot of rugby since his move there? I might be wrong though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.06.14 09:10:39 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 7) : Only 2 or 3 (Can’t remember exactly how many) foreign players may be on the field for a team at once, so yeah, one player might be played a bit more than others, but it is still less in minutes played than in South Africa.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.06.14 09:18:23 by KingRiaan Reply

  • I for one really don’t mind that we will have an almost brand new team for the CC. Heimar Williams is a more than capable inside centre. Time for young guys to get a real decent run. Even tough I am a huge Freddy Z fan, I think a good campaign for Tim will do wonders for his self confidence going into next years SR. Same for all the fringe players like Chadwick and Cooper etc.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.14 09:39:09 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 5) :
    The guys that are leaving are mostly players that have not been overseas before to earn foreign currency or whatever reason and also are not really on HMs bok radar.

    Its understandable really if you think about it.

    As for Frans Steyn, I wonder if his knee issues have anything to do with him going to Japan. Physicality is not that of Super Rugby or even CC rugby for that matter.
    This way he gets to prolong his career somewhat while earning extra cash as well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.14 09:46:47 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 10) : I also think his knee weighed into the consideration.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.14 10:00:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • So just to confirm, this means Steyn won’t be involved in this year’s Rugby Championships? That might be a positive considering the amount of rugby he’s played.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.14 10:04:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : that’s correct

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.14 10:17:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 10) : I see Meyer had no qualms about playing Steyn with his bad knee, makes me wonder about the dig that went out to the Sharks camp 2 weeks ago.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.06.14 10:52:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hope with three Sharks in Japan the conditioning coach must watch the guys and visit them there to ensure they’re ready for Super rugby.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.06.14 20:07:20 by JD Reply
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