Cape Town - Centre Frans Steyn has been released from the Springbok squad following the death of his brother.
Steyn's brother Wimpie committed suicide on the family farm in the Bethlehem area on Monday morning, according to reports.
Frans Steyn, although part of the current Springboks squad assembled in Durban for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina, wasn't scheduled to play any part in the match due to a chest injury.
"Frans informed me straight
after our morning session on Monday and as soon as he heard the sad and tragic
news that his brother had passed away," said Ian Schwartz, Springbok Team
"We will not take any
decisions on his immediate involvement with the squad – his personal situation
is now the most important and we will support him and his family wherever we
can in this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Frans and
his entire family in this time of mourning."