Steyn heading back to SA

2012-04-02 10:48

Durban - Francois Steyn will play his rugby in South Africa after deciding not to extend his contract with French Top 14 club Racing Metro.

Racing Metro offered the 24-year-old 2007 Rugby World Cup-winner a lucrative contract extension which he turned down in favour of a return to South Africa at the end of the season.

Racing confirmed his departure in a press release with Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti saying he ‘understands this decision and thanks him warmly for three seasons at the club’.

Steyn’s decision was swayed by Heyneke Meyer’s appointment as Springboks coach. Meyer recently contacted him in Paris to seek clarity on his future plans. Meyer is known to rate Steyn highly and feels he would add value to the national side, particularly as an inside centre.

Steyn is believed to be in negotiations with the Sharks over a deal that will see him return to Durban.

Meanwhile, according to the website, Meyer is also understood to have contacted a number of Japan-based players to offer them an opportunity to continue their Test careers.

Fourie du Preez is expected to be his first-choice scrumhalf for at least his first season, while Jaque Fourie and Danie Rossouw will also feature. Meyer is also in favour of the idea of selecting European-based players.



  • Saffa - 2012-04-02 10:55

    Shhhhhhhhhhheeeeeez man, wouldn't it be cool if Steyn rather joined up with the opinion of course. 'The' Goosen and 'The' Steyn at 10 and 12? That chaps, would be playmaker Nirvana IMHO.

      Jason - 2012-04-02 12:41

      Hahahahahaha - the bulls are going to beat the stormers hahahahahahahaha

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 12:55

      @Thejaydedking - that would have been the fake Saffa - my 'good' friend Dr van Zyl. I fortunately back my team, The Stormers - to the HILT :) And thanks to a Cheetahs, Force and Stormers win this weekend - I bagged the Superbur grandslam and won the little yellow cap in my pool.......The Fake Saffa will be along later - whinging about the ref, the wind, the old bat in the row AA who farted when Mornetjie was taking a kick etc etc etc etc.....all reasons the Bulls lost, when the true reason they lost is there for all to see: they brought a knife into a gunfight.

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-02 12:58

      @jay- Most sense you put on for a loooong while BUT everybody makes mistakes?? Even on your one sentence... Shouldn’t it be “...Hohohohohohoho - the bulls are going to beat the stormers hohohohohoho..." weepee jo leke deng

      Denése - 2012-04-02 14:22

      Sorry Saffa. Cheetah's are my 2nd favourite team. So if Steyn wanted to go to Cheetahs that would be 2nd best. However, he has a girlfriend from here - (in Natal) and he has property here. He was also very happy at the Sharks, so he'll hopefully definitely end up here.Patrick Lambie at 10 and Francois Steyn at 12 - awesome!!! They both - at different times started out at The Sharks at the age of 19!

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 14:33

      @Denese - I recall the Sharks fans booing Frans Steyn.........and to be honest, Lambie has moved way down the Bok flyhalf pecking order (which is sad) He should be playing 15.....week in and out, as that is where he will achieve Bok won't be at 10 (IMHO of course) Steyn, Goosen and Jantjies will be above him in the grander scheme of things....

      Nick - 2012-04-02 15:30

      @ Saffa - well said mate! Remember - like so many of SA's best rugby players - the man is a product of Grey Bloem - Grey Bloem and FS - the nursery of SA rugby - for decades.. :) And - yes - absolutely - in Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen - we have 2 mercurial geniuses both with the "X-factor" - ditto Pat Lambie - at fullback.. Lambie at 15; Steyn at 12; Goosen at 10 (with Fourie du Preez at 9 - at least for one year - his experience to 'guide' Goosen in his first year in Test rugby). Add Jaques Fourie at 13, and any of JP Pietersen; Gio Aplon or Bryan Habana on the wings - and we have a fabulous, brilliant, Bok backline! :)

      Denése - 2012-04-02 17:31

      You may be right Saffa, but Lambie has been pushed from pillar to post already and if he has the chance to settle at flyhalf he MAY still be the best in that position. He doesn't have to be the goal kicker. His distribution is so good and he's not scared to tackle and he finds gaps where other players don't. Remember in the 2007 World Cup, Monty was the goal kicker and Butch was the flyhalf. Goosen is awesome at the moment though, I must say.

  • Lionel - 2012-04-02 10:55

    I like the way Meyer thinks in bringing back Steyn but Fourie Du Preez,Jaque Fourie and Rossouw,come on,are we not building to the next World Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 11:14

      Lionel I agree with you. What the Xbox does Heyneke's loyalty to a bunch of geriatric Bulls SAY to the youngsters playing their guts out in the S15 at the moment? I realise Meyer only has 1 week with the Boks before the Pom tests, so he might be inclined to select a tried and tested Bok 15, but IMHO - that is lazy, chicken sh#t and defeatist - END OF. Hougie is a WC 9 - KLAAR. Bekker/Kruger - Etsebeth and Flipflop are MORE than capable as Bok locks. We have props falling out of the sky - literally, and we have loosies that are the envy of the world - many of them still in diapers (as per the props) - so what on earth would make 'walk on water' Meyer pick up where Divvy left off? With a bunch of Woolies hot cross buns WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY past their sell by date and stale as all hell. Meyer better catch a wake up damn early in his tenure.........otherwise the man the folk in Pta think walks on water, might just find himself enjoying breakfast on the deck of the Titanic.......

      Chris - 2012-04-02 11:34

      I agree with both of you, but I also think he needs to blend some youth with experience. Just having those guys in the team will help grow some of the young talent coming through. Meyer knows what he's doing.

      Sedick - 2012-04-02 13:18

      "He that walks on water" must be related to Helium! Did Helium also not go fetch the geriatrics?

  • - 2012-04-02 11:00

    Would be cool for FS but I cant see it happening. a) FS wont be able to pay what the Sharks are willing to pay b) He was pretty settled in Durban befor ehe left and has bought a house there c) And most important - His fiancee is from Durban and no doubt would like to return there

  • Jako - 2012-04-02 11:00

    danie roussouw? are you kidding me?

  • Taetjo - 2012-04-02 11:01

    This is some bloody good news. :)

  • Ken - 2012-04-02 11:02

    When I spoke to Francois this morning he said he would like to join the Lions!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-02 11:08

      April Fools was yesterday mate.

      Terry - 2012-04-02 11:48

      and how exactly are the Lions going to pay him ...... the last I heard was that the Lions are so short of cash they are going to have to sell half their team. John Mitchell is going to have to play as well as coach in order to save costs!

  • rhowen.heever - 2012-04-02 11:05

    We have plenty potential in our current provincial teams. There are also lots to see at Varsity. Don’t bench the guys that have been putting in the hours in South Africa

  • Dave - 2012-04-02 11:11

    This is great news - for ABs supporters.

  • Bootman - 2012-04-02 11:29

    The Dalai Lama of rugby seems to be losing the plot before even getting started. What can FDP possibly teach Francios Hougaard that he doesnt already know? Hougaard is streaks better than him on the field of play. Lets bench our best scrummie for an old hasbeen..................and Danie Roussouw? With the amount of talent we have at lock and loose forwards,I cant fathom the reasoning behind this.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 11:44

      @Bootman - join me in sitting back with popcorn and watching the circus....... :) (and some of these folk has the cheek to give P Divvy flack???)

      Bootman - 2012-04-02 12:07

      Saffa lets just pray to those rugby gods of yours that sanity will prevail..............either that or someone needs to bliksem Heineke wiff a plank so he can catch a wake-up.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 12:59

      @Bootman - if he recalls all these Bulls fossils, I will strangle him wiff his own jean pant. Seriously: I have always rated Meyer, but the rumblings coming from the 'Bok' setup are starting to worry the cr@p out of me. From Derick Hougaard going back to the Bulls, to *JP Nel to the Lions*.......and him wanting chaps like Bakkies(who is about 20kgs overweight at the moment) and Co to come back and play test rugby against ENGLAND (who looked pretty damn good to me in the 6 Nations...) - these are worrying little signs.

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-04-02 11:32

    I hope that he slots in at centre, where the Sharks need him.

  • Raymond - 2012-04-02 11:43

    The comment "we are building for the world cup "is nonsense , Heynecke must select players young and experienced in top form too win EVERY international ,then due process must follow up and until the next world many times have we lost ,only too hear we are building for the next world cup.

  • Dawie - 2012-04-02 11:50

    OH Hell no...............Please dont bring back Fourie du Preez............He slows down all the momentum in a team with his bitching and moaning to the ref when he is supposed to play the ball quickly.........

  • eugenevr1 - 2012-04-02 12:10

    Good news on this Monday Morning!! Sharks Forever! Hopefully they will send Fred back to France!

  • Julie - 2012-04-02 12:12

    Best news ......

  • colin85 - 2012-04-02 12:21

    Fan of Steyn, and Du Preez can add value, but why J. Fourie and Danie? We have some amazing centers and locks. I see a Steyn / De Jongh center pair doing very well, and meeting representation. You have awesome young flankers and locks now too... All we need is Steyn and Duppie, we have all the rest playing in SA!

  • ryan.a.riley - 2012-04-02 12:27

    a midfield containing lambie ..steyn..and jp..sounds good to me..

  • Jason - 2012-04-02 12:40


  • Corné - 2012-04-02 13:14

    BEST NEWS YET!! Sharks + Boks!

  • Michael - 2012-04-02 13:22

    Wow, it must be depro being a up-and-coming player in KZN... You have no chance! Especially at centre for one of their 'pointless academies'.. Lets count how many 12/13s they bought recently.. Lindeque, Jordaan, Bosman, Whitehead, Joubert.. Tried 2 get Nonu. Offering Steyn a contract.. Ps. The only reason Steyn is coming back to the sharks is because of his 'pants wearing' fiance who's a Durbanite. Couldn't have bin his choice either, getting married on the same day as a test match.. Which means, most of his friends won't be at his wedding... I feel sorry for the poor bloke!

  • whusselmann - 2012-04-02 14:02

    Well with the Stormers backline not firing at all ,one would think that the Stormers with a bag full of money would be dominating the fight for Francois Steyn's signature on the dotted line. He should be able to kickstart our backline.

      Michael - 2012-04-02 14:20

      Steyn at fullback would lock up the already solid Stormers defence while adding a genuine threat on attack. I'm not maligning the efforts of Joe Pietersen but sadly size does matter and the way The Bulls defence closed him out on Saturday I can't see an unlimited future in Super Rugby for young Joe.

  • whusselmann - 2012-04-02 14:11

    If Heyneke keeps the old guard on the bench or let them fill in for the injured it will be okay,but the young guns must be in the starting lineup.Goosen and Hougaardt as a combination , must be the finished product when the next world cup takes place.And that is just one example.

      Heiku - 2012-04-02 14:44

      Heyneke doesnt want to use the excuse 'building for the world cup' he wants to win every game. That's the right way to do it too. We cant try too many new things against england we have a good 7 year winning run against them

  • Kevin - 2012-04-02 14:20

    WTF...Fourie Dupreez/Danie Russouw ...are has beens,we've plenty of fresh youngsters to fill gaps...BB ex coach stamping his authority on selection already and overlooking the youngsters!!!

  • Denése - 2012-04-02 14:33


  • Sharksfever - 2012-04-02 16:35

    Very good news. I want to see Steyn pair up with Paul Jordaan and JP back at 14.

  • Stewart - 2012-04-02 17:43

    How do the Indians in Durban say it "Bring and come my Laarnie!!!"

  • Terrence - 2012-04-02 17:50

    Frans Steyn should rather join the BULLSSSS

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