Steyn's 'Bok Saga' continues

2010-08-11 22:31

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – What on earth is going on with Frans Steyn’s availability for the Springboks’ Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks at FNB Stadium on August 21?

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) said in a statement on Wednesday that a decision will only be taken on Thursday once the Bok medical team have received a report from French club Racing Metro about the nature of Steyn’s injury.

Steyn injured an ankle playing inside centre in a warm-up game against Perpignan on Friday. He was due to go for a scan on Tuesday to determine the seriousness of the injury.

One would have thought that the outcome of the scan would be considered a matter of urgency, especially as the final squad for the Test against the All Blacks will be named on Friday.

Racing Metro said in a statement that Steyn will not be considered for this weekend’s game against Brive, which is the club’s opening fixture in the French Top 14.

Club spokesperson Franck di Palma said that they were hopeful that Steyn would be able to be considered for the second league game against Montpellier.

It is significant that he makes no reference to Steyn’s possible involvement with the Boks.

“Francois is injured for the weekend. We’re not sure whether he will be ready for the game against Montpellier. We don’t publicise the nature of players’ injuries, but can confirm that he suffered the injury against Perpignan,” Di Palma wrote in an e-mail.

It is strange that the club’s media liaison says nothing about Steyn’s availability for the Boks, but many things in Steyn’s “Springbok Saga” have been strange.

The chances appear slim that he will be fit for the Test against the All Blacks – and one strongly suspects that the Bok camp already know that.


  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-08-11 22:54

    sa rugby is marginally thin in the centre and full back stocks....we could do with someone of Steyn's ability and experience! SORT IT OUT GUYS!!!

  • mike - 2010-08-11 23:16

    Can we just write-off this guy please, no one is bigger then the game. I'd rather have Ricky playing fullback then him, seems Div extended the Olive branch and he took the hand and ran back to his club...

  • Jimmyni Jones - 2010-08-12 00:21

    WTF is going on here?

  • Johan - 2010-08-12 00:31

    @ Mike. Div left this guy out of the team for the first few games, now that he realizes he is in S..t he wants him back! I would say Div should beg in public and apologies to Steyn for how he has treated him. It's not just about Boks, it's about players, their life’s and their future and if Div doesn't have a clue what he wants then he should not be a Bok coach but you can't expect players to just say Yes and Amen on everything this clown wants! I am glad WP said NO to him taking the defense coach. In the old days you had one MIAN coach and knew everything. Now you have 3 couches and they are still struggling! It's a joke! Anyone want my Tickets for the Soccer City Game? I am done with this s...t!

  • Paul Grant - 2010-08-12 00:38

    Good on Frans for standing up to the stupidity that currently exists in springbok rugby. He is the worlds best and the boks have lost him due to PDV and politics in rugby. I applaud you Frans!

  • amigo - 2010-08-12 01:53

    JJ with the same old boring tune again. The All Blacks will kick the ball back to Steyn and put him under pressure and, come on JJ admit it, Steyn doesnt take the pressure well. We cant base a game on the hope of a drop-kick. Steyn is also a contracted player, shouldnt we get the story from his club first before the speculation against SARU?

  • @mike - 2010-08-12 03:28

    So WTF do you know Mike? You don’t have an fkn clue what’s going on and still you puke out your pathetic “facts” as comments. Don’t you have anything else to do? Wake-up mate PDV is slowly but surely busy to f....Bok rugby up beyond repair.

  • wolf - 2010-08-12 03:37

    This happens when players are mismanaged. PDiv probably said something that pissed him off.

  • @mike - 2010-08-12 03:49

    Mike, please think before you write such nonsense. This yo-yoing has got nothing to do with Frans but all to do with bad player management and communication with the media. PdV apologised to both Frans and his agent in the media after their meeting in Jhb prior to the Wales test. Subsequently he, again in the media, said that issues pertaining to Frans' club commitments needed to be sorted out. Where in all of this is Frans suddenly bigger than the game?

  • Marc Fischer - 2010-08-12 04:31

    I told you pops, he is a stubborn dutchman and doesnt get on with Div

  • @Mike - 2010-08-12 05:49

    It is clear that you have a personal issue with Frans and not a rugby issue, for it is clear you know nothing of rugby if you would rather play Rickety January. Frans' boot from the back, his attacking play when linking with the back line from fullback or sheer power at centre to ensure we get over the advantage line is invaluable. BBB, has it right, we're thin on centre and fullback.

  • Jakes - 2010-08-12 06:13

    So, finally the "special one" is not going to play.It was his choice to play overseas,and to earn big bucks at age 23. We have lots of talent in SA, we only have to select them in the correct positions. What we lack here, are brains for the Boks caoching staff.

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-12 06:31

    Die probleem met Steyn is dat hy 'n uitermate geswolle hoof het. Inteendeel - sy kop het so groot geword dat hy iemand moet huur om dit te krap as dit jeuk. Hy kort net 'n snotklap van sy oupa af dan sal hy weer reg wees. Ek neem Div nie kwalik as hy nie sy g@t wil lek nie. Los hom - ons het genoeg ander spelers wat die posisie kan vul. Wat van Riaan Viljoen van Griekwas - dodelik op aanval en kan net so ver skop soos Fransman. Daar is nog Louis Ludik van die Sharks ook, dodelik op verdediging en nie bang om aan te val nie.

  • Coach - 2010-08-12 06:57

    I only have two words to say. PATRICK LAMBIE

  • Sad Man - 2010-08-12 06:59

    You can see the springbokke are like headless chickens trying to find players that use to be good and others playing them out of position. We got so much talent in the currie cup. The sad thing is any couch will know the same team cant win the world cup twice. Ask NZ or AUS or even Jake White. what are they doing???? Please bring in the younger players like de jong and aplon, new number 2 etc.

  • Apollo - 2010-08-12 07:30

    Frans Steyn is a great player, but why not introduce some new blood into the bok team? Patric Lambie, however young, is also a great player and in great form. We have to forget the tri-nations now and focus on next year's RWC.

  • JohanP - 2010-08-12 07:33

    Do I see another "Benny Macarthy" in the making... He doesn't want to play for SA. How can you be "injured" for your club, but fit ofr the Boks? Let the man go and do what he wants. We will survive without him. Everybody thought Rugby was over when *.......... put favorite players name in here........* retired, left etc........, But guess what.... For every hero that dissapears, a new hero is born. -Have a good life in France-, leave us to develop players that want to play for SA

  • Billabong - 2010-08-12 07:39

    Another report written by JJ "bloubul" Harmse in such a negative fashion so that beloved but useless Zane Kirchner should remain in the bok team.

  • niels momberg - 2010-08-12 07:40

    Benni McCarthy is in the house!

  • Graham - 2010-08-12 07:43

    Mike, unfortunately Div is bigger than the game. I suspect the olive branch was tainted. We need to get rid of the source of the problem and writing off Steyn will not achieve this.

  • Rugga-Chick - 2010-08-12 07:45

    @mike he did not go running back to his club, have you ever heard of something called a contract.........................

  • Fanie - 2010-08-12 07:46

    Steyn is suiwer die gevolg van hoe daar met hom gemors was . Hy het duidelik 'n voorkeur gehad waar hy wou speel , maar nee , die springbokke speel hom orals , by herhaling. Dieselfde met Pienaar. Speel hom by herhaling uit posisie , met Januarie op skrumskakel. Hoe moet Pienaar voel? Ek sou ook groener velde soek , soos albei gedoen het.

  • E - 2010-08-12 07:48

    Def. strange but we do need him or Conrad to get his form back after the injury, all while we get Lambie ready for the future. If only the sharks will stop screwing up young players out of position. Please just never let that blue bull crusty back, ever. @ centre we fine you noob. Fourie, de Villiers & De Jong. Ye pls also we don't want shampoo boy!

  • EarlR - 2010-08-12 07:49

    Bring in Earl Rose! Whoop whoop!!!

  • jonno - 2010-08-12 07:50

    its quite simple really - steyn signed a contract with racing metro at fees that SA Rugby simply cannot match to get him released from his club rugby stint - so the real @shole here is not steyn who gets paid what he is worth in france, but stinge SA Rugby who cant get it over their black hearts to fork out the required fees

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-12 08:10

    @mike. What on earth are you talking about? Steyn is one of the best full backs we have in SA. Who would u suggest be our full back then? Other than ricky of The only other fullback doing well is Conrad Janjties, but that is only at currie cup level. I do not think he is up to test standard yet.

  • Molefe - 2010-08-12 08:12

    Is Francios Steyn the new Bennie McCarthey? Seems mor eand more like it to me! I agree with Mike. Nobody is bigger than the team!

  • Benni - 2010-08-12 08:13

    Looks like a Benni Mccarthy saga is developing.

  • Fierce bull - 2010-08-12 08:31

    Bulle booooooooooo.Wees bang, baieeeeeeeeeee bang, want julle gaan opgevreet raak.N' BB vreet nie van die grond af nie,julle het net baie bek en begin die seisoen goed maar in die 2de rondte sak julle uit same,Bulle is maar ALTYD JULLE BAAAS HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  • anti pdivvy fan - 2010-08-12 08:45

    the problem is pdivvy , he is an arrogant idiot , he keeps stuffing Steyn around, If I was Steyn i would tell him to stick it where the sun dont shine.. Its amazing last year during the tri nations and lions tour Frans stepped up and smashed those 50 metere plus penalties to win matches and now this is how he gets treated , saru ands its admin staff are a joke.. get ride of the CLOWN NOW OR SA WILL BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF WORLD RUGBY... OH WAIT TO LATE DAMAGE DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LM01 - 2010-08-12 08:47

    Shame JJ is jy naar omdat Zane dit nie gemaak het nie, ek hoor hy is release of maar vir die bulle te gaan probeer help. Go Fransie!!!

  • Far and Away - 2010-08-12 08:50

    At the risk of sounding redundent... Frans was not at his best the last time we saw him in a Bok jersey. He lacked fitness, and was not sharp. What has changed..? In fact, his form is even more questionable, since it is the start of the French 14 campaign, when players are not yet at peak performance. What is more he has some injury niggles.... Are we picking a man on reputation? Nobody is that good, Habana has proved that this season. Finally, PDV stated some time ago, that he will never be so arrogant (as Bulls and Stormers) to pick a man struggling with injuriefor the sake of the team...... Come again?

  • Toffie - 2010-08-12 08:50

    ....Frans hier goeie raad.. ...Wys vir AA PDV 'n toffie en gaan speel in Frankryk... ..Bok rugby is in elk geval nou 'n klug en 'n sirkus...

  • Christie - 2010-08-12 08:50

    Pat Lambie?? I almost fell of my chair when I saw the suggestion that he should fill the boots of FS. The All Blacks will skin his tender behind!! His form is good but CC and an International agaist the AB are two totally different ball games. Dit gaan vir my of FS so effe te groot vir sy skoene is maar hy het nie van self besluit om te gaan nie. Daar was n ander hand in die saga ook gewees. Hy is ook nie die laaste SA'se sportsman/vrou wat groener wei-velde gaan soek nie. Die uittog is al lank aan die gang. Ons weet mos hoekom?!?

  • Fred - 2010-08-12 08:59

    Ag, Frans, stuur die hele works in hul m..r! Sonder hulle het jy minder probleme en kan jy jou game speel soos jy wil - nie soos JS, VM en snorre nie - die "has beens".

  • craig - 2010-08-12 09:11

    We should call him BENNI....thank goodness Conrad Jantjies is back. Much better attacking fullback with a lot more pace. All Steyn has got is the "boot"... and that MOP on his head... Looks like he wants to take over from Schalk.....PDV PLEASE forget about him. He left for money so let him stay with the money.... NO WORLD CUP for him... Just like BENNI....

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2010-08-12 09:21

    Steyn is a dyed in the wool Afrikaner and will DIE for the Boks. He WANTS to play. Snorr must get over whatever? - and Get Steynkie back. Watch out for a whitewash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sircus - 2010-08-12 10:01

    AA coach + quotas = Rugby Sircus ...deserve to lose....

  • Justin - 2010-08-12 10:47

    It's Circus not Sircus ,lol at the idiot

  • mellier @ RL - 2010-08-12 11:29

    Well said! Summed up perfectly! Although this site is run by the same characters so the same racist vom will continue to be spewed. Thats why they publish commecnt from Juan etc all the time.

  • @RL - 2010-08-12 11:29

    don't forget the inbreeding!!

  • Viv - 2010-08-12 12:38

    Another amazing SA talent being wasted and we have to live with the uselessness of Aplon and Kirshner at fullback. The mind boggles at the stupidity of P Div. But then again he is big on the quota's. Just think how many long range goal kicks the Boks could be getting out of Steyn but noooooo P Div is mos lekka smart neh.

  • @Justin - 2010-08-12 13:42


  • mike - 2010-08-12 14:00

    I'm not a Div fan but to sign an exclusive offer with your club at the age he did and then still make demands on your country couches before you return to bok rugby make me think Frans is the problem not Div. Sure Div wants him at FB but he wants to play centre.. but his the one who ran off overseas to make the big bucks and unlike others he doesn't even come back to SA to prove his loyalty. We don't need him and ppl that think our WC relies on him don't know anything about the best team sport in the world.

  • LeSteyn - 2010-08-12 14:34

    Steyn is a greedy little bastard! He signed overseas for big money and now want he's bread buttered both ways while he and he's agent k@k haps Divvie from Frenchland.

  • Staalburgher - 2010-08-12 14:46

    Do you guys hear that tearing sound? It is the sound of how AA-policies will destroy everything that is good about South Africa. Well done ANC. Bring us down to the Africa-level.

  • craig - 2010-08-12 15:06

    @SYLVERSTAR...I think you mean a "BLACK WASH"and even a "YELLOW WASH"....

  • HELLO? - 2010-08-12 15:11

    Why should he show loyalty? He worked hard and got what he deserved, with the whole AA taking over Rugby as well, who blames the Youngster for buggering off to another country.

  • HELLO? - 2010-08-12 15:13

    Why should he show loyalty? He worked hard and got what he deserved, with the whole AA taking over Rugby as well, who blames the Youngster for buggering off to another country.