Frans Steyn says he is ready to give his best for the Springboks when they face the Wallabies in a Vodacom Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference at the team hotel in Pretoria today Steyn said: “It is great to be back in the squad and I am looking forward to playing for the Springboks again”.
The fullback has been at the centre of media attention recently after injury prevented him from attending the Springbok training camp and ruled him out for the Test against the All Blacks.
Responding to questions in the regard, Steyn said: “That is irrelevant now. What is important for me is that I am here to play rugby. I am determined to help the team do well at the weekend”.
Steyn also clarified the delay in his release to play for the Boks saying that there were certain French Rugby Federation (FFR) regulations that had to be followed.
He also dismissed speculation that his relationship with the Springbok coach Peter de Villiers was strained.
“There is nothing wrong. There may have been a minor breakdown in communication but we respect each other and are both focused on getting a result against Australia at the weekend”.
Steyn said preparations for the weekend’s Test had gone well.
“It is always an honour to play for the Springboks, I have enjoyed the week and look forward to the game. There was an improvement in the team’s performance last week and hopefully we can go one step further this weekend”.
He added that he did not foresee any problems playing at fullback after featuring at flyhalf and centre for Racing Metro.
“I don’t pick myself and I must play where I am selected. I am ready to give it my best wherever I play. I am confortable playing at fullback and I am lucky to have experienced wings like Bryan (Habana) and JP (Pietseren) to support me,” Steyn said.