Steyn: I'd die for South Africa

2010-08-15 20:16

Rudolph Lake and Correspondent

Johannesburg – “I will die for South Africa on the field.”

That was the reaction from Springbok fullback Frans Steyn following the storm that erupted around him over his leg injury and availability for Peter de Villiers’s Springbok team.

An upset Steyn on Friday night rejected accusations that he did not have the “heart” to “die for” the Green and Gold. He said that he still wanted to play for the Springboks and would do anything to achieve it.

“I have the heart to play for the Boks and will die for my country on the field. I would love to play in next year’s World Cup if I’m good enough and would do anything to achieve that,” said Steyn.

In an exclusive interview, he said that he had been unnecessarily been labelled as a difficult person.

Sport24 can also reveal the following:

  • Steyn travelled to South Africa without permission from French club Racing Metro at his own cost to play for the Springboks against Wales.
  • Steyn has not spoken to De Villiers since the Wales Test.
  • De Villiers gave Steyn an undertaking during their meeting on May 28 that he would visit France to sort out matters with Racing Metro. The Bok coach has not done this.
  • Selection convenor Peter Jooste phoned Steyn last Thursday to tell him that he is in South Africa’s plans for the tour to Britain and Ireland. Steyn was surprised when he learned that he was in the Springbok squad for the remaining Tri-Nations games.
  • According to Sport24’s sources, Steyn was included in the squad last Friday at the insistence of senior Boks.
  • SARU did not, as required by the International Rugby Board (IRB), request a release from Steyn’s French club for a release. Such a request has to be lodged 14 days in advance.
  • SARU only informed the French Rugby Federation about their intent this past Wednesday.

Steyn, who cannot play against the All Blacks on Saturday in any event because of injury, says he has no option but to wait for his club’s permission before he can travel to South Africa.

“I have not yet been released by Racing Metro and can’t just go AWOL. I have a contract with them that I have to honour. I don’t have a Bok contract.”

Steyn says he has been labelled as someone who does not want to play for the Boks and his commitment to the team is wrongly being questioned.

“If it’s just up to me, nothing will keep me from the Springbok team. I will live and die for the Bok jersey and definitely have the heart to play for the Boks,” he said.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I give my all for the team I play for. I want people to look back and say one day that Frans Steyn made a difference.”

Steyn said that his return to South Africa earlier this year to play against Wales had nearly landed him in big trouble.

“I thought the necessary clearance had been asked and granted. After flying to South Africa at my own expense, I heard that everything had not been done,” he said.

“Pierre Berbizier (Racing Metro coach) said on my return that they would not stand in my way to play for my country, but that things have to be done in the correct manner in the future and that the correct protocol had to be followed.

“Peter gave me the assurance at an emergency meeting on May 28 that he would travel to France and sort things out with the club. He has not been there yet and I have not spoken to him since the Wales Test.

“I heard after the Test that he said that the guys playing in Europe are not good enough for the Boks and that the Southern Hemisphere’s pace is much quicker.

“Racing Metro are paying my salary and are treating me well. I don’t have a Bok contract. And now I have to hear that I don’t have the heart to play for the Boks.

“I phoned the coach last week and left a message for him on his phone. I gave him the assurance that I’m still eager to play for South Africa.”

He concluded by repeating his plea to the Bok management and confirmed his commitment to the Boks.

“I want to play for my country again if I’m good enough and I’d do anything to play for South Africa. I have the heart and will die for my country on the field.”


  • P Divy - 2010-08-15 20:28

    sounds like coach needs to catch a wake up

  • Jan - 2010-08-15 20:34

    Sal iemand seblief vir PdV 'n PK gee. Hy moet wakker skrik.

  • Loud Lion - 2010-08-15 20:45

    sounds like a good enough reason to join the Lions... and the Boks need him even more. The man has been blessed with tallent! Lets get the Lions managment chatting with Racing Metro and see what comes from it :)

  • Then why did you leave? - 2010-08-15 20:47

    I want Steyn back but he knew damn well when he left he wont be available for the Boks. I he really would die for SA, he wouldnt have left...

  • Arno - 2010-08-15 20:52

    The way the SARU is treating Steyn is a disgrace. The lack of professionalism is making South African rugby a circus and alienating some of its top players. Hope Frans gets his due.

  • Comatosed - 2010-08-15 20:54

    Why would Frans Steyn be treated fairly, he is standing in the way of Kirchner, Aplon and Jantjies, who is obviously the coaches favourite. The problem is: the coach is forced to adopt the quota mindset. The only question is: How does Meisiekind keep his spot ahead of Juan de Jongh? Weird!!!

  • lob me a beer - 2010-08-15 20:57

    Fransie, what a boy, you are in my bok team anyday

  • James - 2010-08-15 20:57

    Once again, the facts reveal that Pieter de Villiers has been remiss

  • CR - 2010-08-15 21:00

    Well, I normally dont believe half what is written in the papers. LOL After reading this article, and if it is true, Peter you are more of an Ar..le that I was led to believe.Please get rid of him ASAP.H Meyer, Jake White. make a move, we need some one that talks a bit more sense than this funny man,He should becum a stand up comedium in the way he talks, as he makes every body laugh when ever he opens up his mouth LOL

  • Top Bok - 2010-08-15 21:12

    Francois Steyn is a brilliant player and should be one of first in Springbok team for any test. He has the X factor which other teams cannot plan for and gives Springboks surprise element to complement structured game plan. Dick Muir should know his worth to back line and should be ensuring current nonsense from SARU sorted out and Frans given full support and respect. P. de Villiers should stop playing games with top players such as Frans and Ruan Pienaar as he will quickly lose his integirty and respect of his core players.

  • Me2 - 2010-08-15 21:14

    Way to go Frans...thanks for telling it as it really have my support...all the way!

  • Dagger - 2010-08-15 21:17


  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-15 21:45

    "According to Sport24’s sources, Steyn was included in the squad last Friday at the insistence of senior Boks." Yes Victor Matfield And John Smit do NOT run/coach the team.. Yeah right

  • Me2 - 2010-08-15 21:50

    Way to go Frans...thanks for telling it as it really have my support...all the way!

  • Mike - 2010-08-15 22:14

    @dagger He's game is bigger than his head and believe it or not its bigger than your mouth too. Idiot! read what the guy says, if that does not convince you of his sincerity then you are a big fool. I am tired of bungling bureaucracy and players have to take abuse like yours, "Beast" is another example.

  • Alan Zeeman - 2010-08-15 22:23

    Frans, you're the right man for fullback! PdV's the only idiot to not realise this as he's not a coaches a*%s

  • Ross - 2010-08-15 22:38

    this saru/steyn crap is immature and unprofessional. get the guy in the team asap. he will win us the world cup. we are gona meet the all blacks in the semis and if they are penalised within 65 meters of their posts steyn will put it over for 3 points everytime. we saw this last year and will see it again in the semis

  • Stephen@Then why did you leave? - 2010-08-16 00:13

    You idiot!!! Can you not read???? He left because he wanted to earn a living!!!! SARU did not offer him a contract. The man has to earn a living somehow, and besides which, its a professional game, so he is entitled to play where he wishes. It does not diminish his patriotism! Think before you write C#$@P

  • Stephen@ BLOUBUL - 2010-08-16 00:21

    Too right the senior players have an influence! Can you imagine what a mess it would be if it was left to the clown. I think we should be thankful that there is a voice of reason behind the idiot that is PdV.

  • Barber - 2010-08-16 00:24

    No need to die, just cut your hair.

  • Tom - 2010-08-16 03:25

    Sounds like all is not well in the administration and coaching side. This is a real problem, nobody is focused on the game and how should be playing on the field. All are focused on sorting out a messy behind the scenes politics which coach is one of the chief politicians, with in fighting. This is really poor!

  • Amorita Maharaj - 2010-08-16 04:02

    You're the Best - Frans Steyn :)

  • RCH - 2010-08-16 05:01

    PdV.........................Need I say more.

  • AJ - 2010-08-16 05:22

    Amazing how SARU would rather cast doubt on a players intent, when a) the player has done nothing wrong b) shown commitment himself and c) SARU's beaurocratic bungling would have prevented the player appearing in any case. Well done Frans! How embarrassing for SARU.

  • Josywales - 2010-08-16 05:58

    See this is the problem people have when you have a clown running the show. PDV thinks he is God and the SAFU have let him get away with crap so far. SA has the depth and talent to beat anyone on any given day but steer them wrong and that boat could drift down river out of control very quickly. As an All Black supporter I want to see the best Boks team against us every time. The rugby lately has been so good to watch and once the Boks get their game plan working it will be all the better.

  • Neale - 2010-08-16 06:27

    Sadly Frans and Ruan are classic examples of how poorly SARU is managing our future talent. Top YOUNG players like these 2 are leaving to go and play rugby overse3as becasue no-one is having discussions with them on what their future is! I cna understnad Frans going toplay overseas where they get game time in a consistent position and have a contract to boot. Look at all our good players playing overseas and you can see the mangnitude of the problem. Fix the issue and we won't have comments like this - Frans and Ruan would be in my starting line-up any day!

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-16 06:32

    SARUs third world mentality trying to run a first world profession.

  • Barking Spider - 2010-08-16 06:41

    Ja nee ... Couldnt organize a Pi55 up in a brewery ...You Lot....!!!

  • herman - 2010-08-16 07:02

    It is a disgrace the way SARU is handling the whole affair, Frans please stay interested in playing for SA! If he can't play - give Pat Lambie a chance!

  • shaunie boy - 2010-08-16 07:17

    After watching the Province vs Bulls on the weekend and watching the 2 favoured bok full backs, it plain to see that both Janties and Kirshner are no more than solid when it comes wearing the no 15 jumper and not up to international standard. All they can do is kick and chase. We need frans back ASAP. P divy has being found out to be even bigger a moron than we thought in the 1st place

  • Tjips - 2010-08-16 07:25

    This kid says funny stuff.

  • Divy DipS#*t - 2010-08-16 07:35

    You know the problem with diddling Divy Dips*&t is that he is even to stupid to realise that the average south African is a better coach then him ,his abilities and clearly lack of them are showing both in his ability and when he opens his mouth, please spare us and the rest of south Africa from this lunatic, all the senior players are just protecting him, because if they are honest , and it will come out in autobiographies in the next few years how frigging bad this guy and Dick Muir really are, don’t people ever remember over the last few years how Dick Muir buggered up the sharks and the Lions, please please, remember this , what make him now going to make any thing any thing better , man THE EXCO ARE BUT STUPID

  • PDP - 2010-08-16 07:43

    @then why did you leave. Get a life!

  • phil - 2010-08-16 07:45

    PDV moet asb n PK kry!

  • KB - 2010-08-16 08:10

    Please!!! Please!!!! Please!!!!... pdv and the rest of his mob must really catch a wake-up call.... click of the fingures and expect every over seas player to drop evrything and come running to the squad. When we have star players and the Bok management do not secure them with good contracts and work out a plan to retain these players.... then what do they expect? These players only have limited shelf life and must go out and make the best of the situation to rake in the bucks and secure their futures. Why should they dilly dally and wait for Pdv and co... i would also not suck-up to this guy who thinks he is a gift to coaching rugby...&I^%*%^

  • Viv - 2010-08-16 08:25

    Just another prime example how Div is destroying the Boks. Here is one of the most amazing SA talents playing for another country just because Div cant get his head out of the quota players backsides. FIRE DIV IMMEDIATELY!! I didnt pay R500 for the SA v AB and R450 for the SA v Auz game to see the Boks lose. Better get this $hit sorted out Div or get the hell out of the game! Tosser

  • RugbyStudent - 2010-08-16 08:29

    So let me get this straight. When he was picked last year for the Boks he was quite happy to take a R22.5 Million rand contract over the offered Springbok contract! FACT! Frans and his agent made a business decision to reject the Springbok offer! Everybody else Victor, John, Bakkies, Schalk, Jean, Bryan, CJ rejected offers from overseas and committed themselves to the team. What does Frans do, like a petulant child shout through the media. If the senior Boks are running the team, why doesn't Frans give a call to John and Victor to organise a meeting between them, the Bok coach and the selectors? Surely that's possible? I see everybody on here seems to take the petulant white kid's part without suitable evidence. Frans and his agent pocketed R22.5 Mil. Now he wants to be know as the most dedicated Springbok player? Give me a freakin break.

  • Global World - 2010-08-16 08:30

    Well done Frans, I think SA is trying to drive itself back into the years of isolation when they do stuff like this. This guy has bigger balls than anyone I know, he started playing international rugby at 19, has the confidence to kick for poles from 65 meters out AND LANDS THEM, wins a world cup and then goes to play overseas to make some money. I take my hat off to him. He did his best for his country and helped win us a world cup and a tri nations.Now he's broadening his horizons. SARU is a circus and The Clown is proof of it. We're living in a global world, the life experience he's picking up right now is invaluable. Why should he box himself up like most South Africans do when he has already achieved so much and done so much for our country. Its these idiot at SARU that don't have the ability to think outside the box that are ruining the game and trying to stick to draconian selection policies. Springbok rugby is reverting back to how it was before Jake White's era. The players are getting caught up in all the crap behind the scenes again. Hard times ahead, don't think the Boks will be succeeding at FNB Stadium this weekend.

  • @RugbyStudent - 2010-08-16 09:09

    I'm happy to listen to facts until you bring up the "petulant white kid's" comment - seriously...get over yourself. Why not just call him a petulant kid.... idiot (not that I necessarily agree with you)

  • Dragonpig - 2010-08-16 09:35

    Rugby Student your intelligence is really amazing, your memory quite extraordinary. Victor, John and Jean went overseas you fool, How do you not remember this!? John Smit was recalled to play for the Boks and a contract organized for him with Sharks, Victor too came back and got a contract with the bulls, Jean same thing with Stormers. Lets not forget that Div went to France and recalled John Smit ans SA rugby bought out his contract to get him back (And then Pdiv moved him to tighthead and made him bulk up now moved him back to hooker and he's too big right now-great move fool) If Div said he would go over there and arrange a meeting then he should, obviously the meeting would be about Steyn becoming a Bok again. It's a professional game and if someone gives you a contract worth 22.5mil at age 21 you would take it. He is a great player that we need so SARU should work it out, if his contract with Racing Metro prohibits that then it's unfortunate but at least do stuff the right way before accusing Steyn of not being loyal

  • RugbyStudent - 2010-08-16 09:41

    Well i can gather from the comments that the attack on PDV is racially charged. Else why is there so little patience for him. Heyneke Meyer took 7 years to build a Bulls team. In that time he was fire twice. Yet he was given chance after chance. Frans Ludeke was fire from the Lions, yet he becomes the Bulls coach? What qualifications does he have. How does he get shown the patience? Naka Drotske lost to the Lions this weekend, yet everybody is on PDV's case...yet he has won: Tri-Nations, B&I Lions series, New Zealand in New Zealand 3 times, Under 21 Championship, National Club Rugby Championship and was part of the Nick Mallet era. So why doesn't he get the patience. Because his first language isn't English?

  • Bambe Zonke - 2010-08-16 09:42

    The South African public should boycott any event organised by SARU untill Hoskins and De Villiers are removed from office...........they are an embarassment to SA Rugby and South Africa and do not deserve to hold the positions they do, Rugby is a business and in South Africa goes far beyond that as well.These men are fools and are not qualified to run a hamburger stand, let alone a multi million Rand business. The public as share holders should demand that a special general meeting be held and declare a vote of no confidance in these two arseholes & their support staff.

  • Brett - 2010-08-16 09:47

    cant you see if The Clown makes out that it is in fact Frans that doesnt want to commit , then he doesnt have to choose him , that gives him free reign to choose those half pint schmucks from the WP in the back three of the line.

  • David Burger - 2010-08-16 10:17

    Most talented rugby player in the world. We all want Frans in at no 15. Come on Div - seriously time to get this together! We are wasting yet another very special talent.

  • we need Frans Steyn - 2010-08-16 10:19

    Altough Zane played very well for the boks and I'm very impressed the way he defended against western province this weekend we'll welcome Frans Steyn in the team as he is also a great kicker and can double up for any position in the backline except scrumhalf, that makes him one of the best canidates for the boks.

  • wil - 2010-08-16 10:31

    Maybe January will be the next fullback. he can do less damage there.

  • ian - 2010-08-16 10:31

    To @Rugby Student - all I can say is that rugby is these guys livli-hood and they need to take the best opportunities offered to them - when it became apparent that PdV was sidelining Frans, it was his descision to seek greener pastures. You would do that as a business person. We need Frans Steyn back and frankly glaring weaknesses in PdV's make up are coming to the fore. Including being a spark in the possible break up of the worlds best rugby competition

  • GROOT BAAS - 2010-08-16 11:18

    I hereby offer my services to give PDV his PK!!! Where he at?

  • Jeep - 2010-08-16 11:29

    Frans, kry jou Franse paspoort en speel vir hulle, jy het nie die twak nodig nie. Die Ooos Vrystaat staan agter jou.

  • Joaquim - 2010-08-16 11:34

    SA rugby and the Springboks will never win anything with PDV at the helm!He has completely ruined a winning team!