White defends Steyn

    2014-07-07 09:00
    Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White says Frans Steyn was unfairly criticised after he made himself unavailable for the Springboks.

    Steyn, 27, shocked the rugby fraternity last month when he ruled himself out of contention for the national team.

    It is believed that the SA Rugby Union (SARU) did not adhere to a contractual promise they had made to Steyn.

    The monetary promise was made by SARU before Steyn returned from French club, Racing Metro, to play for the Sharks in 2012.

    Steyn returned to action when he played for the Sharks in their 27-20 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein at the weekend, and White said he was impressed by the player's efforts.

    "You could see what Frans is worth. He has unbelievable talent," White told the Volksblad website.

    "I think his head is in the right place. He was probably unfairly criticised because he walked out on the Springbok jersey. That's not true. He is still as committed to being a Springbok and playing for the Sharks like he was when I arrived at the Sharks in October. He is a world champion."

    The Sharks, who are now third on the overall Super Rugby log, travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers in their final league game this weekend.

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