Francois Steyn ruled out

August 12, 2010
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Frans Steyn will not be available for selection for the Springboks’ Test against the All Blacks at FNB Stadium on 21 August, it was confirmed by Andy Marinos, SARU’s manager of national teams, at a media conference on Thursday.

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Steyn has told Marinos that he has been advised not to train until Wednesday next week after suffering an injury to his quadriceps muscle in a pre-season match last Friday.

Marinos, meanwhile is in discussions with Steyn’s club Racing Metro and the French Rugby Federation to secure Steyn’s availability for the following two Tests against Australia on 28 August and 4 September.

“The injury situation has to be dealt with first, but we are hopeful that Frans will be available to us after the All Blacks match,” Marinos said.

Speaking at the same media conference, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said delays over Steyn’s availability had led him to reconsider his options for the clash with the All Blacks.

“It has been slightly disruptive but we have players in the group who are ready to play and it would be silly to take risks if any player is not 100 percent fit”.

De Villiers said that there had been serious discussions over the poor performances overseas and that players and management had recommitted themselves to putting things right.

“We did some hard talking,” the coach said. “It was acknowledged by us all that fixing things has to come from within and that everyone has to play their part. We let ourselves down and there is a determination to show that we can bounce back”.

De Villiers said that a set of minor adjustments in key areas were needed as opposed to wholesale changes.

“Last year the bulk of the squad came from the Bulls and the Sharks, who play a similar style of rugby. With more Stormers players coming in this year we have had to adapt a bit.

“We did not have the opportunity, or in fact the time, to get everyone fully on the same page, which we have now been able to do during this week’s training camp”.

De Villiers confirmed that players released to play in the Absa Currie Cup at the weekend would not necessarily be excluded from the group that reassembles on Sunday. He added that the match 22 for the Test would be named on Tuesday 17 August.

The coach also dismissed speculation that Western Province defensive coach Jacques Nienaber would be joining the team management

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19 Comments

  1. avatar Morné says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Now it will be interesting to see if Steyn runs out for Metro next week Saturday…

    Any bets?

  2. avatar JT says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    So on the 21st he WILL play for his club!
    Nice having an Injury you can really prove or disprove!
    Q now is – Club putting pressure on him to stay in France OR he himself making excuses not to play for the bokke because he would rather just play for his club and cash in!?

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    One really has to laugh at just how out of control the clown and his ensemble are at the moment… they haven’t a farkin clue!

    “Speaking at the same media conference, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said delays over Steyn’s availability had led him to reconsider his options for the clash with the All Blacks.”

    ROTFLMAO… so he was indeed going to play an injured, not test fit and out of the Bok loop Steyn… and throw him in the deep end and expect miracles!

    ““It has been slightly disruptive but we have players in the group who are ready to play and it would be silly to take risks if any player is not 100 percent fit”.”

    More double-speak from the clown…

    :Ollie: :Ollie:

  4. avatar PietPloos says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Here is a suggestion, but for this to work, the acting MD will need to grow a pair and ASAP.

    The Acting MD stated that they would want Frans here, ASAP!!

    SO..

    SARU has called up Frans in any case. He then needs to be here ASAP. No use the Club tells us he is not available this week, but they will know next week Thursday if he will be healthy enough to play, which will rule him out of the test for next SAT in any case and make him available for the Club.

    Forget about the 14day thing…if it is not enough for this week – it definitely will be for next!

    If the Club plays hardball, MR. Acting MD should call Frans personally and ask him if he still wants to play for the Boks. If he wants to he has to be on the next available flight ….
    IF NOT – he has to “ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL RUGBY”….

    Then we see how they jump.

    But to do this – we will need some in SARU to show Balls…

  5. avatar JT says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Reply to PietPloos @ 3:49 pm:
    :agree:

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Reply to PietPloos @ 3:49 pm:

    Does the rules say he has to
    recuperate in Frog land, or
    can he do it here?
    If he’s with the squad he can
    at least be on the same page
    if he does become fit to play.

    And if he’s not fit for the Boks
    he won’t be fit for the club -
    so I can’t see the club losing out.

  7. avatar Brendon Shields says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I give Peter and Frans the benfit of the doubt, but not SARU. Then again how long did Peter wait until he decided he wants Frans back?

    Perhaps he has only decided this recently?

  8. avatar JT says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Reply to Brendon Shields @ 5:02 pm:

    he has always said he wants FS but things needed to be sorted out with the Club…

  9. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Reply to Brendon Shields @ 5:02 pm:

    Perhaps he has only decided this recently?
    ======
    When
    :shitfan:

  10. avatar Fromthebottomoftheruck says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Racing aren’t going to let him play until the off season arrives and that isn’t going to happen in time for this Tri Nations.

    http://fromthebottomoftheruck.blogspot.com/

  11. avatar Morné says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:45 pm:

    The Boks only got word of the extent of his injury today…

    And as for playing a guy out of the loop or lacking ‘test match fitness’…

    It would then be equally shocking how PDV included Juan, JPP and even Bismarck all of whom has been out of the Bok loop for some time with Bismarck only having 10 minutes of rugby under his belt since his injury…

    And again I fail to see how this is double speak but I must be honest this fence is quite tall I might miss some stuff.

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 6:57 pm:

    IF he plays them it just shows his desperation…

    I can hardly see you on your side anymore all crouched down over there as the Emperor walks on by in his new clothes (although many before so impressed are starting to see the threads are disintegrating)…

  13. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 6:57 pm:

    It would then be equally shocking how PDV included Juan, JPP and even Bismarck
    ======
    Same privilege Chiliboy had.
    At least he’s consistent.
    And BTW Juan has been playing
    quite regularly for the Cheetahs -
    80 minutes, not 3 or 4.

  14. avatar Morné says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 7:24 pm:

    Haha…

    How can it show desperation if he has explicitly stated that what he is doing now is with an eye on the World Cup and beyond?

    Most will argue Juan, Bismarck, JPP and Steyn are crucial if we are looking to be successful at the World Cup.

    So what if he tried other options on the away leg, it is not like he is the first to do this, Jake did too and it worked for him…

    If anything some experimentation might well have discovered talents like Flo, Aplon, De Jongh etc.

    It also did prove Ricky’s time might have come and gone as it proved Zane is not test material and Olivier being an outstanding Super rugby player and the best in SA in that tournament, also struggles to make the step up. But who can fault him for trying?

    You cannot expect him to get it right all of the time.

    And for your benefit I will install CCTV so you have a better view from that side of the fence! ;)

  15. avatar DavidS says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Reply to Fromthebottomoftheruck @ 6:17 pm:

    Regs say they must release him for the Tri-Nations window…

    MUST…

    Not their choice…. MUST… which is why PDV was bullshitting about the “club issues”

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 7:43 pm: Bullshit man and alot of it too.

    Why do you always defend him? When a man makes a mistake he makes a mistake.

    The difference between him and JW away leg was Jake said it from the start even before he went over he has said fookall.

    Just except it your Clown and his deputies made a stuffup and better they correct it so that we can stop talking shit about him and his clowns and we can talk on how to flooken beat the AB and the other big once in next years WC

  17. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    One thing I wil not blame
    Snor for is trying -
    although there were some
    real shit selections in
    the EOYT squad, and it was
    pointed out BEFORE the time.
    Ditto with JdeV on wing –
    which is about the shittest
    call he’s made, in the process
    breaking up the tested midfield.

    Maybe he can be faulted for
    not trying Hougaard earlier,
    and for trying to keep Meerkat
    in the squad for too long.

    But he has given a few good
    rookies a chance – as any
    good coach should.

  18. avatar Morné says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 9:18 pm:

    Defend him?

    Hardly.

    I am just correcting your one-eyed views.

    Peter de Villiers DID SAY THAT HIS SELECTIONS IS WITH A VIEW ON THE WORLD CUP AND BEYOND

    If you are to bloody bias to see it then it is your problem.

    I am simply giving you views and quotes from the other side and because they do not compare with yours I am defending him?

    Just shows you the mindset you have when you judge the man.

    You first look for every single opportunity to degrade him.

    So I can easily ask YOU, why do you always have to degrade him and ignore things that has happened, or that he has stated publicly just so you can have a cheap shot at him?

    I am not defending him, I am giving you a balanced view.

    YOU my friend, are constantly attacking him but you are too stupid to see it.

  19. avatar Ollie says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Reply to Morné @ 8:50 am:

    :agree: :applause:

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