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Steyn linked with France move

2012-11-27 10:03

Cape Town - Bulls and Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn has been linked with a move to French Top 14 club Stade Francais.

French website, Le Rugby Nistere, has reported that Steyn met with Stade Francais' management during the week leading up to the Boks' Test against England at Twickenham.

According to reports, the French club has had Steyn in their sights for some time.

Steyn has fallen out of favour with Bok coach Heyneke Meyer following a series of indifferent performances.

Steyn started the Boks' first two European tour matches (against Ireland and Scotland) on the bench, but was dropped from the match-day 23 altogether for the final Test against England.

Stade Francais are currently eighth in the Top 14 standings, a full 18 points behind leaders Toulon.

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  • david.bassill - 2012-11-27 10:09

    Bon Voyage !

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-27 10:24

      Just shows you that rational intelligence and money don't always makes for good friends does it.France has the most money of anyone in rugby union,and still they can't buy a better no.10 than Steyn?

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-27 10:29

      Tata

      jeff.summers.16100 - 2012-11-27 10:34

      Best news ever!

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-27 10:38

      What is wrong with you people? For years Steyn was the most influecial rugby player in the world. He single handedly won us the series against the Brittish Lions. He was the main reason why we beat the All Black 3 times in 2009. You should show some respect and give credit when it's due. Or have your mothers utterly failed with you?

      Flemstone - 2012-11-27 10:51

      Gert all that was three years ago. I won't give him any credit for the last three years. He is the least influential flyhalf I have ever seen. All he does is kick penalties and possession away. Influential means he influenced the way the game is played. He's had a hugely negatively influence on SA rugby. He also won't fit into the way rugby is played in France. Unless he receives some serious coaching. Lets not forget that Steyn was coached to play the way he does. My mother can't stand Steyn either.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-27 10:59

      stats his records speak for them self and he will go down as a legend the man who sunk the brittish lions... atleast it looks like he know when to move on unlike john smit, jean div and andries bekker

      Flemstone - 2012-11-27 12:10

      Lets not confuse his stats with his teams stats. They're two completely different things. Bulls have got hammered the past two years, so have the Boks.

      pat.cam.167 - 2012-11-27 12:20

      haha, gert swart smokes weed!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-27 13:41

      World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31). Most points scored against New Zealand (31) in a single test South African record for penalties in a test (8) – beating the seven achieved twice by former fullback and now kicking coach of South Africa, Percy Montgomery. All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the Tri Nations 2009 match against the All Blacks in Durban on 1 Aug 09[7] South African record for most points in a test against Australia. Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (8 Test matches, 3 as replacement)[8] Fastest 200 points by a Springbok (16 Test matches) Fastest 300 points by a Springbok (24 Test matches) Fastest 400 points by a Springbok (33 Test matches)

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-27 13:42

      Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11). Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). Most points in a Tri Nations match (31). Most drop goals in a Super Rugby game (4) (in the 2009 Super 14 semi-final against the Crusaders) Most drop goals in Super Rugby (22) Most drop goals in a Super Rugby season (11 in 2009) Most penalties in a Super Rugby season (51 in 2010) Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) – Beating Dan Carter's record of 221 set in 2006. Most points by a Bulls player in Super Rugby history (1,201) Most points by a South African and first South African to reach 1,000 points in Super Rugby (1,201) Steyn also holds the record for most consecutive successful kicks at goal in Test play since statistics for that category were first kept in the late 1980s. He had a streak of 41 successful attempts that ended on 6 November 2010 against Ireland. The previous record was 36, held by Chris Paterson of Scotland.[

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-27 13:46

      Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11). Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). Most points in a Tri Nations match (31). Most drop goals in a Super Rugby game (4) (in the 2009 Super 14 semi-final against the Crusaders) Most drop goals in Super Rugby (22) Most drop goals in a Super Rugby season (11 in 2009) Most penalties in a Super Rugby season (51 in 2010) Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) – Beating Dan Carter's record of 221 set in 2006. Most points by a Bulls player in Super Rugby history (1,201) Most points by a South African and first South African to reach 1,000 points in Super Rugby (1,201) Steyn also holds the record for most consecutive successful kicks at goal in Test play since statistics for that category were first kept in the late 1980s. He had a streak of 41 successful attempts that ended on 6 November 2010 against Ireland. The previous record was 36, held by Chris Paterson of Scotland. he also is the most capped flyhalf who was in the starting 15 ou 20m Peter van die stormertjies.... eat your heart out

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-27 13:53

      Dankie braam en Bloumasjien dat julle die klomp loosers wat Morne nou so beledig, net weer met die statistiek in die bek ruk. Die toekoms mag dalk (eendag) Lambie, Goosen of Jantjies wees, maar hulle het 'n bitter lang pad om dit te ewenaar, wat nog te sê verbeter! Morne, jy is 'n ware kampioen en gentleman

      slang.vandermerwe - 2012-11-27 14:17

      Ek sal sy vliegtuig kaartjie betaal as dit moet........

      Flemstone - 2012-11-27 14:27

      Now show us how the Bulls and Boks have benefited from these stats in the past 2 years? There's plenty of great goalkickers in SA. Most fans agree we need a bit more than that. And lets face it, comparing him to Montgomery is a bit of a joke. Percy ended up as the kicker because there wasn't anyone else. All this Steyn bloke can do is kick. The most telling stat is that he's got the most caps at flyhalf. Even though he's been rubbish for well over 2 years.

      joneethling - 2012-11-27 15:16

      Many of the guys who go to Europe are exposed to different ideas, and it improves their game (Percy Montgommery improved hugely overseas, and Flo also - Frans Steyn not so much). This could be what MS needs to become a more attacking player and a better allround fly-half. I think it is unfair to blame him for going through a dip in his form. Rather blame the idiot who kept sellecting him and putting undue pressure on him.

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-11-28 10:10

      Steyn has won an U-21 World Cup, 2 Currie Cups, 3 Super rugby titles and 1 Tri-Nations World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31). Most points scored against New Zealand (31) in a single test South African record for penalties in a test (8) All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the Tri Nations 2009 match against the All Blacks in Durban on 1 Aug 09[7] South African record for most points in a test against Australia. Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (8 Test matches, 3 as replacement)[8] Fastest 200 points by a Springbok (16 Test matches) Fastest 300 points by a Springbok (24 Test matches) Fastest 400 points by a Springbok (33 Test matches) Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11). Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). Most points in a Tri Nations match (31). Most drop goals in a Super Rugby game (4) (in the 2009 Super 14 semi-final against the Crusaders) Most drop goals in Super Rugby (22) Most drop goals in a Super Rugby season (11 in 2009) Most penalties in a Super Rugby season (51 in 2010) Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) – Beating Dan Carter's record of 221 set in 2006. Most points by a Bulls player in Super Rugby history (1,157) Most points by a South African and first South African to reach 1,000 points in Super Rugby (1,157)

  • donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-27 10:09

    Later

  • unclejb.vansiths - 2012-11-27 10:09

    A move to France will benefit Morne and him leaving SA will benefit Springbok rugby....its a win win!!

      Flemstone - 2012-11-27 10:53

      Well they'll have to reprogram his brain. French club rugby is the best in the world. Not sure why they'd want Steyn there? Its going to take a lot of work to change the way he plays. If he has the ability to change then its worth his while.

  • PatPion - 2012-11-27 10:10

    Cheers boet.

  • pat.cam.167 - 2012-11-27 10:12

    great news, will NOT be missed at all!! his dead boring one dimensional style will fit rite in wer his going!!! cherryO old chap....

  • dean.alcock2 - 2012-11-27 10:16

    I'll help pay for your ticket!! :-)

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-27 10:16

    Liefling!!!!!!! Kan ons jou maar vergeet...

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-27 10:23

      ...en nie vergewe...

  • heiku.staude - 2012-11-27 10:18

    Cheers, geniet hom.

  • pietskietgospringbokke.springbok - 2012-11-27 10:24

    Sterkte maar vat vir JDV, AB en JDJ saam o en vir BH

  • francois.kloppers - 2012-11-27 10:26

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, you 'has been'...

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-27 13:40

      better a has been than a never was unlike most of the Cape favourites

      hennie.prinsloo - 2012-11-27 14:54

      It takes a huge "has been" to spot another one. Why dont you go and play in the traffic as you clearly have no rugby sense whatsoever!

  • ludick.media - 2012-11-27 10:29

    Sick that people supported him when he won test matches for us, lets not forget that Lions tour where he won it, when Ruan Pienaar kicked so poorly. Bloody irritating that SA fans can even call themselves SA Fans. You support someone through the good and bad . . . I for one think that this is a massive loss for SA Rugby.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-27 10:56

      ludick.media - this is one of the sadest days of my life! Not so much the fact that MS may be leaving, but the way so called sports people treat/ comment on MS. You are quite right, how short our memories are! Where as the likes of Lambie, Goosen (and Jantjies maybe in future) are and will be given opportunity apon opportunity to settle in the no 10 jearsey and prove themselves, MS had but one opportunity and he became a instant hero and remained that for quite a while. Now that he has lost his rythm he is hated by everybody! Well, I am quite sure that all those Morne bashers are in their own private lives, really nothing more than losers or at the most, average people! You will never be what Morne was and will soon be again. Morne, keep you head up, my friend

      boksom.bende.9 - 2012-11-27 11:30

      Have to agree. He really stepped up in those games a couple of years back. But I do however think it's the right move for him. He's 28 now, would have been a long shot for him to make the next WC in any case with the young guys competing now. Lambie, Goosen and Jantjies will all be in their prime then. So he should have his final run before retiring.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-27 10:30

    Good move for all if he goes. Who knows, maybe the French can improve his game. He's obviously keeping his eye on the Bok jersey otherwise a move to Japan would have been more lucrative but less constructive for his game.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-27 10:36

    Dear Santa, Please let Morne sign on the dotted line.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-11-27 10:36

    I think he needs a change of scenery - and he needs to be exposed to a different style of playing. He used to be an attacking player, now he only plays the tactical game. The most dangerous thing for any player is to become predictable...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-11-27 12:13

      I remember the same thing happened to Percy - he went through a dip in form, went to play in Wales and became a much more multidimensional player and extended his career by a few years. I hope Steyntjie can do the same. All the best boytjie! Although I agreed that he needed to be dropped from the Bok side, it is because he is out of form. not because he is a bad player...

  • Nico Myburg - 2012-11-27 10:44

    Typical supporters of south african sport when he plays good you praise him but when he doesnt hes the worst thing ever useless look if you can perform under the pressure of a nation judging you for your mistakes but not giving you credit when you perform

  • guy.shepstone - 2012-11-27 10:44

    Its funny how quickly people forget the Series against the Lions. Steyntjie gaan wys hulle. Form is temporary but class is permanent.

  • Mark Schrade - 2012-11-27 10:45

    we seem to have short memories as South Africans. I'm not his biggest fan, but he seems to be overplayed and lacking confidence. Dropping him from the bench i reckon didnt help at all. I hope that if he does go that he comes back a better more confident player and that he can be the match winner he was a year or 2 ago....

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-11-27 10:47

    should he make the move we would them be able to see if it was the coaching staff that forced his kick kick and more kick strategy or if he has more than one dimension of playing style. either way best of luck .

  • reagan.kammies - 2012-11-27 10:49

    Baai Maureen Steyn ons gaan jou nie eens mis nie. Ek dink j is al weg lol. I just wana say thank you 4 Boring the hell out of us.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-27 14:39

      F*k jou aap

  • richard.kohne.18 - 2012-11-27 10:51

    Bye now

  • mitchell.gouws - 2012-11-27 10:53

    I think steyn should stay in South Africa he was born here and should stay and finish here just because he didn't make the S.A team doesn't mean he should leave the world cup is far from now so there is still time for him to get back into the game STEYN please STAY

  • toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-27 10:54

    Reading some of the comments here, I am ashamed to call myself a South African rugby supporter. Whats wrong with just wishing the guy well (if the reports are true). All he is guilty of is giving his best for his province and country. He never picked himself and you cant blame the guy for a dip in form. Another thing, whats to stop Meyer from selecting him even if he's playing overseas? I wish you well on whatever you decide Morne. When you were on form you were great. From a Stormer supporter.

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-27 11:00

    Morne Steyn jy bly legend! Meeste van hierdie swape wat jou so kritiseer het vergeet wat jy al vir ons Springbok rugby gedoen het. Almal het hul ups

  • jp.heyns.5 - 2012-11-27 11:03

    31 points vs the allblacks! enough said....lions tour ini sakkie.....super rugby titels.....j mag maar

  • kobus.oosthuizen.5 - 2012-11-27 11:05

    Good Luck Steyn !!! Hoop jy vind weer bietjie van jou magic daar in Frankryk !!! Snaaks hoe toe Steyn op vorm was, was hy almal se hero gewees, maar nou dat hy bietjie sukkel verander julle almal in n klomp werf etters en probeer die ou af kraak.........Wankers!!!

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-27 11:11

      Ja Kobus stem 100% saam met jou! Ek kry skaam vir die tossers wat Morne so kritiseer. Hy is n yster! As dit nie vir hom was nie kon die Groen en Goud liewer hulle rugby los. Ek sien nie dat hulle vir Pat Lambie of Ruan Pienaar sleg se as hulle soos afkop hoenders speel nie. Morne Steyn jy is Goud werd!

      Jayson Wolhuter - 2012-11-27 12:14

      Ek stem saam...

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-27 11:19

    Good luck Morne Steyn!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-27 11:36

    Rumour has it he's going there in his preferred position as prop as he certainly isnt a kicking flyhalf

      gerald.nortje.5 - 2012-11-27 13:10

      Typical ignorant individual who knows nothing about rugby wake up and realise what he has done and achieved

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-27 13:54

      It that supposed to be funny?

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-27 11:43

    Imagine MS grow himself some locks ala Frans Steyn bwahaha!

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-11-27 11:46

    Best move possible in my opinion.....also allow Bulls to utilise some young talent, Pollard springs to mind....time for Bulls to embrace a more expansive approach as well....

  • marvin.seekoei.9 - 2012-11-27 11:57

    Wish him all the luck and thank you for your service for the Springboks!!!You've won many games for us but I'ts time to move on!!!

  • gerrie.germishuys.90 - 2012-11-27 12:04

    Morne (and the Bulls) looked dangerous whenever they started running. French flair might be all Morne need to run the ball.

  • mkwetane - 2012-11-27 12:14

    Wish you all the best Steyn know u will do wonders in france and come back a more better player than you are now ..

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-11-27 12:36

    Lekker meyer verloor jy die enigste goeie 10 vir lambie??ag nee maar well done nog I ou verlore!

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-11-27 13:14

    It will be good for him. He may have been out of touch this season, but all things considered, I think the fans really made his life hell, and thats coming from a Sharks fan. He just became a Dad so getting away from all of this negativity will be great for them. Goosen, Lambie, Jantjies... its time to make it happen.

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-11-27 13:44

    Morne, Go give them your best. Have a wonderful time - we will be watching you.

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-11-27 13:49

    GOOBYE

  • francoise.v.rheede - 2012-11-27 13:54

    I hope Morne takes the French offer! Go make some bucks bud play some footie and don't worry too much about the negative commentary here. The fact remains that your contribution before loosing form was invaluable to the springboks as your record shows and no one can erase that.

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-27 14:05

    Alles van di beste Generaal...Loftus gaan jou mis

  • thomas.pringle.33 - 2012-11-27 14:27

    The move to France could be the best thing that could happen to his game: the French style of play will teach him how to be the 'general' that he needs to be, while he keeps his kicking skills sharp. He would return a much more rounded player worthy of a Springbok place.

  • Superguluva - 2012-11-27 14:53

    As sports fan/supporters we have the right to be entertained. Entertainment is relative and I didn't like Morne's deep play even when he was kicking all those 31 points and others. Him going to overseas doesnt necessarily mean Heyneke won't select him. I hope he doesn't though. If he was in the team for kicking is just like selecting a soccer player because he can do long throw ins.

  • riaan.ferreira.71 - 2012-11-27 15:38

    Big move for a man that is the Kingpin at his union. Bulls to get another Big boot 10 or maybe get a ball player at 10? Could this be the long term position for Elton. Lots of Lions players have moved across the Juskey over the years.

  • jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-11-27 16:06

    Ek sal jou help pak.

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-27 16:14

    He is only 28 and has a few more years left in him but he has not played well under HM at Bok level. PdV brought out the best in him. Hopefully he can get his mojo back someplace else.

  • lourensv1 - 2012-11-27 17:22

    All the best, hoop dit sal hom goed doen..

  • ryno.peters.7 - 2012-11-27 18:11

    I'll definitely not miss him.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-27 19:45

      Hy ken jou nie eers nie...jys n druppel water in n emmer

      ryno.peters.7 - 2012-11-27 20:35

      Nie dat ek deur hom geken wil wees nie...duh

  • francois.myburgh.33 - 2012-11-27 18:52

    What's up with you guys? Most of us can't even make a speech in front of 150 people, never mind having to kick at goal in front of 50 000 people boooooing and whistling. Not to mention the millions of television viewers!

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-11-27 20:34

    Thanks for leaving

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