'Injured' Steyn faces Montpellier

2010-08-20 17:14

Paris - South African full-back Francois Steyn is set to play for his club Racing-Metro at Montpellier on Friday in spite of being left out of the Springbok side because of injury.

Steyn was named in the original 29-man squad for Saturday's Tri-Nations meeting with New Zealand in Soweto but was cut after injuring his left knee in Racing's pre-season friendly against Perpignan.

The news that the 23-year-old will make his first Top 14 appearance of the season rather than helping South Africa get their Tri-Nations campaign back on track is unlikely to go down well with the Bok management.

"I don't want to say that anyone is being disingenuous but the difficulty with players overseas is the communication and I am concerned by the very scarce information coming back from Racing-Metro," Springboks' team manager Andy Marinos told a news conference this week.

Steyn last played for South Africa against Wales in June since when he has fallen out with coach Peter de Villiers who is known to be opposed to picking Europe-based players.

South Africa have lost the opening three games of this year's tournament and have little hope of hanging on to the Tri-Nations title they won last season.

The Boks face the All Blacks on Saturday and then two Tests against Australia on August 28 and September 4.


  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-20 17:24

    Nou ja toe, daar het ons dit nou - stel konsuis belang om vir die Bokke te speel maar speel liewer vir sy klub. Verdien seker meer - gaan alles net om GELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andre F - 2010-08-20 17:26

    With a clown for a coach and morality at 0% in the Bok camp, who can blame him for not wanting to play for the Boks? PDV is a fool who should net even coach Bulletjie rugby!

  • bok basher - 2010-08-20 17:33

    Who can blame him for not wanting to be associated with a bunch of complaining losers!

  • mike - 2010-08-20 17:54

    That should be that, Steyn is treating his country as a joke and should never be allowed to wear the Green and Gold again. I would rather play an average player who gives his all for the Bok jersey then this looser who only cares about the colour of money and his bling. Serious I don't care who the coach is you always answer the call of your country!!!!

  • Mac - 2010-08-20 17:59

    good option - De Villiers will never see the light - would not recognize it even if he saw it - hopefully a new coach will look beyond the politics and pick the best 15 no matter where they are and respect foreign clubs rules for coopting international players

  • Ian - 2010-08-20 17:59

    Wow, not only do we have players who are not at their best, but now their morals are in question! (See Andre F 5.26pm).

  • bokmakierie - 2010-08-20 18:08

    i suppose all thats left to say is that we do not have time for rascist traitors who find the euro more important than their own country

  • Kaalkop - 2010-08-20 18:08

    Koebaai Francois!!!!!!! Ons soek nie half baked nie...

  • Fanie - 2010-08-20 18:09

    Goed of nie. Hy het besluit om beter weivelde te soek. reg of verkeerd. Antwoord = hy kan mos nie vir die Springbokspan oorweeg word nie.Gee die mense wat besluit het om te bly die kans ! Of hy beter is of nie , dit is irrelevant.

  • Teleurgestel - 2010-08-20 18:23

    Genoeg gekla. Telling SA 17 NZ 32

  • Dean @bok basher - 2010-08-20 18:26

    HAHAHAHA such a bunch of comlaining losers that you come onto the Sport 24 site, read an article about them, and then post a comment about them...sheesh boet you need help (maybe a hug from a lady boy?). If you gonna put comments on sites like this at least have the courage of your convictions to put your name..poofta

  • Derek - 2010-08-20 18:26

    You guys need to get your facts straight - Frans was injured and he was only cleared to play on Wednesday (2 days ago!!!) - Divvy knew this and THAT is why he isn't playing for the boks tomorrow - because he wasn't able to train with the team. Frans has always said that he will be there for the Boks, if called upon. He isn't racist, he isn't a traitor - DIVVY was the one who didn't select him. So seriously guys, get your facts straight. And if anyone can honestly say, that they would turn down R7 million a year, when you are 23 years old - then only you can cast stones. I am a massive patriot, and could only dream of playing for the Boks, but if someone offered me R7mill to play a couple of seasons in France - I would definitely do it. He has even worked it into his contract with racing Metro that he is made available for the Springbok games, showing his loyalty. The problem here is the coach, not the player.

  • Judge - 2010-08-20 18:27

    One swallow does not make a summer neither does one youngster make a rugby team.... Steyn loss should not be a big deal we have lots of talent here the only problem is that the selectors cant see past their own preferences.

  • Gman - 2010-08-20 18:34

    For all we know PDV did't want him to play and the "injury" was just to save him some embassersment. You're a joke De Villiers.. I hope you loose every game. Its time for change

  • Arrie@Fanie - 2010-08-20 18:35

    Jy is duidelik nie by nie, die wêreld het verander, hy funktioneer nie meer dieselfde as 5 jaar terug nie. Privatisering is sport speel nou koning, speel waar die geld is - die aandele beter betaal as ek so mag sê of glo jy ook dat buitelanders nie in SA mag bele nie. In sokker doen hulle dit al vir donkie jare, die AB's speel met baie eilanders en hulle is gevrees. Nee wat, Steyn moet soo ek maak en sy goed vat en beter weivelde gaan soek want die nuwe SA sorg vir niemand.

  • Caleb - 2010-08-20 18:36

    Wake up out there! Steyn is EMPLOYED by Racing Metro and still has another year or so of a ( presumably) lucrative contract to see out. It,s not up to him to tell Racing Metro he's going to play for his country, its up to his country's management to want him enough to negotiate his release. END OF DISCUSSION

  • Nick - 2010-08-20 18:37

    Stuff Steyn - Luke Watson wanted to puke on the Springbok Jersey - Steyn doesant want to wear a Springbok Jersey - good riddence to both of them

  • tsiko - 2010-08-20 19:14

    @Piet Verdriet: Professionele rugby spelers kan nie kies of hulle wil speel of nie!!!!!!!!!!! Hulle is werknemers. Racing Metro het gese hy is beseer. Nie hy nie. En hulle het gese SARU het hulle nie 14 dae kennis gegee in terme van die reels nie. FS het nie 'n se nie. Moet asb nie jou mond oopmaak as jy nie weet waarvan jy praat nie. Idioot.

  • tsiko - 2010-08-20 19:21

    I am absolutely flabbergasted by the level of ignorance on this site! FS doesn't have a say in all of this. He is employed by Racing Metro. If SARU want him to play, they must follow procedure. They admit that they didn't. End of story. Please don't be so freakin stupid.

  • kykweer - 2010-08-20 19:30

    Steyn can't take the full blame for this. Racing Metro was the people in contact with bok management. apparently the bok management is also to blame for not doing the proper paperwork to get steyn to come back. So in a professional era why should Racing Metro be loyal when we don't follow procedure?... This is simple shifting of blame and steyn is the helpless employee right in the middle.

  • kykweer - 2010-08-20 19:33

    Rugby IS NOT about the individual any more, why can't people understand that? It's a business and if u work for company A company B can't just tell u to work temporarily for them without properly consulting company A... The individual is helpless.

  • Luke - 2010-08-20 19:39

    Dit lyk my Tsiko is die enigste een met breins hier. @bokmakierie. You call F Steyn a racist. That buts him in right where bok management and government are. That should count in his favour you flippen idiot. You came matric via Welkom?

  • B boy - 2010-08-20 20:24

    Clearly the white people wil go out of their way to blame Pieter de Villiers for everything. According to them only white people knows anything about rugby.I've got news for you. The next coach is also going to be black! Whe!

  • Dean@B boy - 2010-08-20 21:13

    You know what b boy, if the best coach in the country is black then AWESOME, if the next coach is black just because he's black, then that's wrong. I'm white and if the bok coach and all 15 players were black, but were the best available, I'd be 10000% behind them cause they would stilll be the Springboks...end of story.

  • lv - 2010-08-20 23:01

    ag b boy, kom by! Die sokker is in sy moer, die atletiek is in sy moer, die swem is in sy moer, die tennis is in sy moer, krieket is oppad uit, nou wil jul nog rugby ook in sy moer maak! Hoe dom kán julle wees!!!!!

  • Thank you tsiko - 2010-08-20 23:33

    Thank you tsiko for your refreshing and balanced comments.

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  • Impi - 2010-08-21 05:38

    Hy vee sy gat af aan die trui.

  • @B Boy - 2010-08-21 06:50

    B boy can see that the last part of your name fits you to get into the rasicst thing again. Wake up the matter of the fact is the administration stuffed it up and not Frans. With people like you this country will never be a better place just get worse I have a democratic right to say what i want. So by the way you rasict. Whant to know what is going to happen if you keep the whites out of rugby Check the SA woman team losing all there games.

  • peter - 2010-08-21 08:24

    Hier's my Springbokspan:15-PatrickLambie14-JaquesFourie13-JuandeJongh12-WynandOlivier11-LuMvovo(Sharks)10-MorneSteyn9-FrancoisHougaardt8-PierreSpies7-JuanSmith(K)6-HeinrichBrussouw5-VictorMatfield4-DanieRossouw3-JannieduPlessis2-GaryBotha1-GutroSteenkamp.Reserwes:BeastMtawarira,BandiseMaku,BakkiesBotha,DewaldPotgieter,SarelPretorius,NaasOlivier en Riaan Viljoen.

  • Chris die BOER!!! - 2010-08-21 09:18

    Goeie Span Pieter, maar moet nie Zane en Gio weg gooi nie en ook nie Jean en Jacques. Zane is een van die spelers wat nog die konstantste form het en aplon moet net aaan jy verdediging werk. Olivier is baie goed maar kanie op die agtervoet speel nie en ok nie saam met jacques nie. Ek stem PdV moet sy sokkies op trek en ek dink ook dis nie net hy nie maar die hele bestuur, Nie eers Jake White kon asl reg gekry het sonder die ander bestuur nie.

  • B Boy - 2010-08-21 15:03

    @b boy and dean @ b boy, youre the ones that needs to come right. I have supported all coaches and players over the years and never worried about their colour; even when it was an all white outfit. I never picked on them when they lost and made nasty remarks. Fact is, even when Boks do well, Pieter never gets the honour. Then it is the players, but when they loose, it is Pieter and it is clear where those remarks are coming from. Therefore, you are the racists.

  • Gman - 2010-08-21 19:08

    @ B Boy. Wanting PDV to go has nothing to do with the colour of his skin. Yes he has wins but his win/loss ratio is just not good enough. Any other country would have given him the boot AGES ago. Our loss tonight is the cherry on the cake. I don't care if the coach is black, white, Chinese, Indian or even a woman for that matter. If they don't deliver, get red rid of them. We need fresh ideas and incites. We have some of the most talented players in the world and the Super 14 is evident of that. Look at this from a business point of view.. Would you keep someone on your payroll that just doesn't deliver what you expect of him? NO you wouldn't. Unfortunately a new coach wont have enough time to get a squad prepared for the World Cup so we're pretty much stuffed either way...

  • Novice - 2010-08-21 21:11

    Dit gaan hom aan die skeen kom byt! kyk vir Kevin Petersen

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