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Bulls deny Steyn departure

2011-05-17 18:32

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn is going nowhere - and that's official!

Both Steyn and the Blue Bulls Company confirmed to SuperSport.com that there is "absolutely no truth" in reports from the United Kingdom that Steyn has agreed to move to Bath as Butch James' replacement after the World Cup.

Stories in the English press Tuesday linked Steyn with the English club, saying he had secretly agreed a deal and was set to put pen to paper soon.

The Blue Bulls Company however, denied anything of the sort, and indicated they would reject any offer made for Steyn to be released early from his contract.

"Morne has been contracted by the Blue Bulls until the end of 2013 and there is no way we would agree to any release before that date," Blue Bulls High Performance Manager Ian Schwartz told SuperSport.com.

"Morne is a priority player for both the Blue Bulls and for the Springboks and is seen as part of our future here at Loftus Versfeld. We have also received no request to negotiate with him and if we did, we would not entertain any such request."

Steyn confirmed as well that he had "spoken to nobody, nor received any offers".

"I'm happy at the Bulls, and am not looking elsewhere," he told SuperSport.com

He then posted on Twitter to confirm the fact as well.

"Hear things that I am going to Bath. Want to let people know that I have spoken to nobody, I am still at the Bulls until 2013! God Bless..." Steyn tweeted.

Bath have been searching for a replacement for James, with former Bok Derick Hougaard and All Black Dan Carter already being linked to the club.

SuperSport

Comments
  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-17 18:39

    Morne is not in the class of a Daniel Carter, Henry Honniball, Andrew Merthens etc, but he is an ACCURATE goal kicker. He is a points machine, with him in your team you are assured of points. You can count on him when you are in trouble. Very good line kicks, he can kick distances. So as a STORMERS supporter, I think he will be a LOSS to any team...

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 19:46

      Mix-up, He is not going to Bath to replace Butch. Butch has come here to replace him in the Bok team.

      nohorse - 2011-05-17 19:57

      @Howzitekse: You cannot be serious, Butch was never Springbok material. He is a Bakkies in the backline but at least Bakkies can play rugby.

      Grootbroer - 2011-05-17 20:05

      No Howzitekse, Butch is now on centre, where Snorre wants him.

      Raymond - 2011-05-17 20:11

      Viewing the gallery of the seven fly-halves,except for Sias,who is a newcomer,the other five all have shortcomings of some type.To be safe,I will therefore,still stick with Morne Steyn.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 21:52

      Seriously, Morne is not playing the rugby that he played when he was sellected to the Bok team. It cheapens the Springbok jersey if players who are not at the top of their game are retained on past glories. If Butch delivers the goods, he must play.

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-05-17 18:54

    There must be a story here because it comes from there

  • Ron - 2011-05-17 19:34

    Morne' is not what people make him out to be. the media blow things out of proportion. you watch Pat Lambie take the lime light from now on, and watch him in the world cup, after that you will see everyone speculate. Morne' is history he be better off at bath...

      Raymond - 2011-05-17 19:44

      Take note of the Cheetahs no 10.

      Ron - 2011-05-17 20:00

      I do have to agree with you Lennox, he is a brilliant player watch him aswell..

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-17 20:16

    On the day we have many good fly halves. But Morne has proven himself to be above average... Some young one is blowing on his ears....

      mike - 2011-05-17 21:44

      Lambie and Eberson will have there day, if they keep there form. This WC however Morne is the man for the job and we better hope his fully fit and ready to rumble.

  • vicj - 2011-05-17 22:17

    Lets face it. Morne is a bum fly halve, able to kick at posts but cant read the game, no positional play, tactical kicking and bad on defence.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-18 00:26

      Vici, Veni, vidi, vici ... I think you tried to conquer before you came and saw! Morne is a good fly half and will serve the Boks well, even though he may have some shortcomings. I am a Province and Stormers supporter, but not blind like some supporters up North.

      Oukoos - 2011-05-18 07:05

      Van nog 'n Stormer ondersteuner: Lambie en Peter Grant is goeie losskakels, maar het bepaalde gebreke. Ebersohn is 'n belegging vir die toekoms, maar nog te onervare. Morne is dalk nie die beste losskakel in die wereld nie, maar al wat ons het -- die beste uit 'n beperkte bron.

  • PJ - 2011-05-18 01:55

    Hopefully the next Bok coach will see how useless he is. Ditto for Spies, Stegman and Olivier..plonkers!

  • Andrew Griffiths - 2011-05-18 04:14

    It's election time, some bloody agent must have started this rumour.

  • TonyRSA - 2011-05-18 10:23

    So Steyn says he is not going to bath! Phew! TonyRSA

  • Daniel - 2011-05-18 12:46

    Peter Grant, best goal kicking stats in S15?!

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