Steyn: It's great to be back

2010-08-23 15:16

Cape Town - Frans Steyn is back in the Springbok squad. The young fullback, who last featured in the Test against Wales in early June, rejoined the squad from Paris on Sunday.

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Steyn took part in the squad’s first practice session on Monday in advance of the Vodacom Tri-Nations clash with Australia at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said he was glad to have Steyn back in the squad. De Villiers added that the perceived “saga” around the player was "all a matter of miscommunication".

Steyn was called up to a Springbok training camp two weeks ago but was not released by his club Racing Metro after being injured in a warm-up game.  On-going liaison between SARU and Racing  Metro as well as the French Rugby Federation has now enabled Steyn to be released for International duty. Steyn turned out for his club last Friday and showed no effects of injury during the Pretoria session on Monday morning.

De Villiers would not speculate on what Steyn’s role might be in the match against the Wallabies.

Steyn slotted in well with his team-mates at the Monday session and looked in good shape. He struck the ball well during the kicking session too.

“It’s great to be back in the squad,” he said.

“It is great to have Frans here and he is a great addition to our squad but we have a player in the position who did not do badly last weekend. We will sit and look at what will be best for the team this weekend and make it known when we confirm our team on Tuesday”.

Meanwhile de Villiers has made it clear that he wants to take action to avoid problems in future with the release of overseas-based players.

“After the Tri-Nations myself and Andy (Marinos) will travel to Europe to sit down with Racing Metro and Frans and discuss the way forward. We also plan to meet with Butch James’ club (Bath) and BJ Botha’s club (Ulster) to make sure that all parties are on the same page when it comes to the release of players for international duty,” de Villiers said.

“We have to get our ducks in a row to avoid causing disruptions to both the team and the players”.


  • Spartan - 2010-08-23 15:27

    Unfrortunately anytime that PdV is involved there is miscommunication, he can't string 2 sentences together without causing confusion & embarrasment. Even if he was a brilliiant coach (which he is clearly not) he should still not have been given the job, for this reason. You need to be the complete package, not 1/2 an envelope.

  • Megabull - 2010-08-23 15:31

    I understand to get Frans but biatch james? WTF divvy?

  • PDV/Quota-Hater - 2010-08-23 15:33

    ..Go Aussies..!! ...Go Wallabies..!!!

  • E - 2010-08-23 15:43

    Please fire PDV!

  • Cape Shark - 2010-08-23 15:48

    Nothing like closing the door once the horse has bolted!!

  • Paddy - 2010-08-23 15:48

    We all know the answer to the fullback problem for the Boks - it's simple - Bryan Habana. Why is everyone afraid to just come out and say it - Bryan Habana must play fullback.

  • @ QUOTA HATER - 2010-08-23 15:52

    GO AWAY!!!

  • Pire - 2010-08-23 16:08

    Couple of weeks back PDV said that Frans Steyn is not good enough to be in the team, due the fact that he did not play super 14 this he is so glad that Steyn is here to play for the boks. So now it makes you wonder where this miscommunication came in. Now PDV puts Steyn in to please the fans...but at the same time he is setting up Steyn for a moerse fall, cause Steyn still did not play super 14, so he is in the same shape as before and if he does not perform this coming weekend, then the public will crucify him. So to me this shows that the coach has no respect for his players and is willing to use them to shift focus away from him. Pathetic.

  • David - 2010-08-23 16:15

    Frans is the best 15 in the world!!!!!!! Play it straight Div and let him know where he stands. Its not that difficult. PLEASE YOU ARE KILLING US HERE MAN!!!!!!

  • Karelseemonster - 2010-08-23 16:23

    Butch James is die kakste speler ooit.

  • ben - 2010-08-23 16:51

    What is the point of bringing back Steyn if PdV is unsure if he wants him to play?

  • Jason - 2010-08-23 17:01

    Not sure why the negative comments about Butchy. No, he is not a "Dan Carter". But he was the consummate flyhalf at the 2007 World Cup, and has since then had some amazing form in Bath - leading them to a Championship in 2008 if my memory serves correctly. He is not flashy but is very solid, reads the game incredibly well, is willing to take risks and has excellent distribution to his line. Moreover...umm...has anyone thought about who is going to play flyhalf for SA if Morne is injured?? We don't have anyone! Butch is certainly the best option for Morne's back up right now, and if he hits form I think he might be better than Morne AS LONG AS we have another kicker in the team.

  • peanut - 2010-08-23 17:31

    Butch James in the team = at least one penalty for a tackle without using his arms.... And the second time he does it, we get a yellow card... Yeah, great substitute for Morne Steyn

  • C - 2010-08-23 21:35

    After the weekend's game, JP Pietersen's fitness didn't look great. Expect Gio to move to the wing and Frans to take up his position at fullback.

  • Hoe Nou? - 2010-08-23 22:03

    Divvy waar was jy Saterdagmiddag. Ek het gesien hoe Aplon belangrike tackles mis en saam met De Jong soos laerskool seuntjies oor die bal teruggestoot word, Turnovers wat ons gekos het. Is daar niemand wat hierdie man kan help om die lig te sien nie. 'n Goeie grote sal altyd beter wees as 'n goeie klientjie.

  • Mike B - 2010-08-23 22:56

    Must agree with Pire. Steyn, if choosen, will have to have an outstanding game or PdV will be pointing fingers and saying "see I told you so". As much as I have never rated Butch, we do not have a replacement for Morne. Again great planning from our brillianr coach! It is us, the paying public that pays their salaries and just have a look at the Lions supporters. A very few very loyal -and stupid supporters- attend their games, the rest have said enough to the continued losses! Let us do the same to the Boks until they get rid of the coaching staff and administrators and employ someone who gives us a wining team again.

  • scorpion - 2010-08-24 08:10

    give fransie enough rope maestro div as to please his racist afrikaner brothers and sisters!it will be just a matter of time before he hangs himself with that rope....clever plan indeed maestro.

  • zighlight - 2010-08-24 10:38

    I am glad that Frans is back in the team. I just hope that they will give him enough time to fit into the team and not send him home after his fist "un-perfect" match. I really wish everyone can get over Butch James, he is going to cost us yellow cards! Why was Peter Grant not picked as replacement flyhalf for Morne Steyn? Play aplon on wing (I think Habana needs a little rest). We have enough real replacement fullbacks for Steyn: Hennie Daniller, Riaan Viljoen, Pat Lambie, Joe Petersen.

  • Viv - 2010-08-24 10:40

    And it is great to have you back! At least we can have a decent fullback now and not some small pip little Div loverboy

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