Springboks

Boks to call on Steyn, Du Plessis

2017-04-24 09:01
Frans Steyn (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Utility back Frans Steyn and hooker Bismarck du Plessis are reportedly in Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s plans for the France series in June.

According to Afrikaans weekly newspaper, Rapport, SA Rugby has already informed the two players’ club of Coetzee’s intention to utilise them.

Both players ply their trade at French outfit Montpellier, who are coached by former Bok mentor Jake White.

The 29-year-old Steyn played the last of his 53 Tests in 2012 and had in recent times made himself unavailable for selection.

There was a contractual dispute with SA Rugby, while Steyn also made himself unavailable in 2015 following the death of his brother.

Du Plessis, 32, last featured for the Boks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England but now looks set to add to his 79 Test caps.

South Africa will play three Tests against the French - in Pretoria (June (10), Durban (June 17) and Johannesburg (June 24).

The series falls in World Rugby’s Test window, so Montpellier would be obliged to release the players.

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