Springboks

Meyer quells Steyn worries

2014-06-05 14:00
Morné Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is not worried about the lack of game time flyhalf Morné Steyn recently got in France.

It was widely reported that Steyn had struggled for form at his French club, Stade Francais, which led to him spending the majority of the past season on their bench.

However, Meyer says Steyn did not fall out of favour with the Paris-based club's coaches.

"The overseas clubs manage our players carefully and most of them have a rotation policy," Meyer was quoted as saying in Thursday's Die Burger.

"Morné was struggling with a sore back and therefore his workload was kept to a minimum. It was not a case of them thinking he wasn't good enough," said Meyer.

Steyn was included to start in Meyer's first Springbok team of the year against the World XV at Newlands on Saturday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00.

Teams:

South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

World XV:

15 James O'Connor, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Sona Taumalolo.

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 François Trinh-Duc, 23 Benson Stanley

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