Steyn cycled 550km per month

    2015-03-16 14:18

    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 from Japan.

    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 eat differently.”

    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.”

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