Steyn cycled 550km per month
Cape Town - Sharks centre Frans Steyn says
it wasn’t his intention to shed weight in Japan, but the lifestyle over there allowed
him to return to South Africa much leaner.
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Steyn, 27, recently returned to Super Rugby
action after completing his season with the Toshiba Brave Lupus.
Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold also
noted a much leaner Steyn at training, claiming “half of Frans” had come back
Steyn, in an interview with Netwerk24, said
daily bike rides played a big part in his new physical appearance.
“During the first three
months there, I only rode my bike. We got a car in the fourth month - and then I surprisingly realised that
I rode about 550km per month with my bike. Therefore, I’m very fit, but I also
Steyn said he enjoyed the playing style in
Japan and hinted that he’d like to still be playing by the time the 2019 World
Cup comes around.
“At the moment, from a physical and mental
perspective, I’d like to be playing in 2019. I’ll be 32 years old by then... my
only reservation is that I still need to be competitive.
“A year ago my answer would definitely
have been 'no'. I struggled with bumps and bruises that left me in pain on a
daily basis. After my time in Japan, I’m feeling and training like I did
in my Under-20 playing days.”