Frans Steyn has not only cut out on frills since he joined his new French club, but also cut down on his weight.
Hendrik Cronjé – Sport24
Frans Steyn has already lost 7kg during his stint with French club side Racing Metro.
“I had to adapt my game considerably. I had to lose weight to gain more speed and greater explosiveness from standing positions on the field,” said Steyn.
“The fields are muddy and heavy. You can’t afford to be too heavy because then you will not make it. I’m enjoying it. I am in the best physical condition of my life and have not been on the losing side in a Top 14 game for Racing Metro.”
The Springbok backline player is still delivering eye-catching performances with his big boot. He even gave English flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson a kicking lesson this past weekend.
Steyn succeeded with two trademark long-distance penalties of over 50 metres and also scored the only Racing try in their 28-15 win over Toulon.
Racing are faring well in the Top 14 thanks to Steyn’s significant contribution. They are third on the log after being promoted earlier this year.
Racing have won eight matches on the trot.
“The skill of the French players immediately impressed me, particularly the manner in which they attack space. I’m enjoying learning as much as possible from my team-mates, which includes players from different countries,” said Steyn.
“The more you achieve in your career, the harder you have to work. No attribute is as important as putting the team’s needs before your own.”
Steyn added that it has been a long time since he has enjoyed his rugby as much as now.
He is thriving because the French teams do not really believe in structure. Players are free to try and beat opponents with skill.
“I can play instinctively. It really makes me happy. I have discovered strengths that I was not previously aware of during this short period. But there are also aspects of my game which I though were good that I have to improve,” said Steyn.
Racing mainly use Steyn as an inside centre, but he can wear the No 15 jersey in emergencies.
Does he still dream of the Bok jersey?
“It is the biggest privilege to play for the Boks. I understand, however, that it’s a privilege I will not have in the next few years because of the policy not to consider overseas players unless local talent is unavailable,” he said.
“There is fantastic talent at centre and fullback in South Africa, and I believe the players deserve the opportunity to cement their spots.”