Morne will be leaving Bulls

January 15, 2013
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Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn will be leaving the Bulls at the end of the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

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According to the Eyewitness News Sport website, Steyn’s agent Johan van Greune said the Springbok and Bulls pivot’s likely destination is French Top 14 club, Stade Francais.

Steyn’s contract with the Bulls ends in October this year, but he will be looking for an early release – with the Bulls’ blessing – after the Super Rugby season ends on August 3.

Van Greune confirmed that Steyn, 28, will however still be available for Springbok selection.

“Morne has spoken to Heyneke, they have discussed this. Obviously it is difficult to make commitments from Heyneke’s side. That’s one of the reasons he chose to go to France. It does open the door for him to play for the Springboks in the future.”

Steyn has played in 106 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls, scoring 1 201 points in the process. Steyn has also scored 486 Test points in 42 matches for the Springboks.

Stade Francais are currently languishing in 10th spot in the Top 14 standings.

Steyn will join fellow South Africans Michael van Vuuren (hooker), Gerhard Mostert (lock) and Anton van Zyl (lock) on Stade Francais’ books.

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    January 16th, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Good luck Morne.
    Just watching what happens to Jonnie in the French League, he is in for a tough time but it will make him a better player.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 16th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 5:11 am:

    What happened to Johnny?

    He’s had a huge resurgence in his game at 34 yrs old, is the leading points scorer in the lead (over Kockott) and is being punted as making the Lion’s extended squad at the very least.

    Morne Steyn at 28 will thrive in those conditions…

  3. avatar Craven says:
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Nice one Morne, a change is as good as a holiday. I imagine playing over there will also rekindle your enjoyment and love of the game.

    Morne can be a valuable squad member come the next world cup.

  4. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Will be good for him to get out of the high pressure environment of SA rugby.

    If he gets back to his best goal kicking form he will add a lot of value to Stade.
    He is still young enough to come back, but I doubt that he will play many more games
    for the Boks.

  5. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    January 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    agree with the sentiments – look how valuable Ronan still is for Munster in the HC! He controlls a game from 10.
    Morne can build on his game in France and become a better player and be of great value to the Bokke!

    Good luck and enjoy it!!

  6. avatar Duiwel says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Good move!
    Can’t wait to watch him.

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