Steyn move to France confirmed

March 4, 2013
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The Blue Bulls Company and Mornè Steyn would like to confirm that the Vodacom Bulls flyhalf will be leaving Pretoria for Paris at the end of the 2013 rugby season.

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Steyn has decided to take up an offer from Stade Francais in France and will join them till June 2016, but will see out his contract with the BBC, which expires on October 31st, 2013.

Steyn was contracted to the BBC since 2003 and has decided to broaden his horizons after a decade with the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls, which saw him win numerous titles at Vodacom Super Rugby, Absa Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup and junior levels.

As a Vodacom Bulls player, Steyn was also picked to become a Springbok and up to date, has played in 42 test matches, scoring 486 points.

According to the 29 year old pivot, it was time for a change.

“I have invested so much of my life with the Bulls, so it was a very tough decision to make. I basically owe everything I achieved in rugby to them, but the opportunity to join Stade comes at the right time in my career. I always wanted to play some rugby abroad and experience a different lifestyle and now have the opportunity to go and do that,” said Steyn.

“They have been negotiating with me for a while now and I have decided not to accept the offer from the BBC to extend my contract, but rather join Stade.”

Commenting on this, Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke gave Steyn his blessing.

“I don’t think anyone can doubt or question the loyalty that Mornè has shown to us. He has given everything he had for ten years now and one cannot fault his decision to expand his horizons. We will forever be grateful to have a player like that in our generation and can only wish him the best. He will be missed as he is a world class player, but I know that he will still be giving us 110% till the end of his term.”

BBC High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed that they offered Steyn an extension to his contract, but could not match the lucrative French offer

“Mornè also indicated to us that he will use the remainder of his time here to mentor our junior crop of flyhalves coming through, which is something we are very pleased about.”

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14 Comments

  1. avatar Bekke says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Who cares? Talk to your kicking coach and Vlok off.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Reply to Bekke @ 6:54 pm:

    Really?

    Best 10 in quite some time to come out of RSA… he’s going to become a French legend (you heard it here first)!

    Who we got left for the Boks… Jantjies… or that other weakling Goose-en?

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 8:35 pm:

    Another point of view:
    Was his flat standing the reason for
    the demise of our backline play –
    or was our style of backline play the
    reason for him standing flat?

  4. avatar Morné says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 10:04 pm:

    Here’s another theory.

    Are great backlines defined by their 10′s or their 9′s?

  5. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 10:21 pm:

    When we had a 9 like Joost – perhaps yes.

    But even FduP didn’t turn them into a try scoring
    machine, or did he?

    We just don’t have 9′s close to that standard,
    and that includes Hougie and Pienaar.

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Our best back-line from the pro era was with Honibal at 10 and not many stood as flat as he did. However if you look at most of the great back-lines and imo the stand out player usualy is the 12… Muir in SA’s case, Tim Horan for Aus, Little for NZ etc. Is it because of the 12 or the 10 giving the 12 the time or the 9 giving the 10 & 12 the time!?
    Answer – it is a TEAM game and the combo is what makes a great back-line. Problem SA have today is the lack of TEAM play at 10/12 because every individual tries to break the line on his own.
    Just look at how good Jaque Fourie looked in the Barbarians game when playing alongside the Welsh 12!? When last did JF play like that when alongside JDV???
    My 2c :soapbox:

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    What grates me is

    2009 top scorer of SR and kicks the Boks to wins over NZ in NZ to whitewash them and wins B&IL series with a 60 meter last gasp penalty.

    And now fans are saying

    “Ja fokof jou useless doos…”

    Nice one SA fans… very fucking nice one…

    No wonder heroes in the prime of their career who catch a small dip would rather go earn euros in France than put up with twats for “fans”

  8. avatar Craven says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 8:02 am:

    True that, have to agree.

  9. avatar Aldo says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    It’s the nature of an emotional fan Davids. Due to the fact that we get so emotional over rugby in South Africa, we tend to forget what someone did and focus on what they are doing. Emotion only lasts a short time, Steyn will last long after the emotion has faded.

    He is a hard worker so as he has proven in the games so far, he will come back and prove his worth. Interesting note, and this is me stirring just a little bit, but the next World Cup is in the northern hemisphere. Heyneke is a thinker of the game, that allways tries to plan ahead. Keeping that in mind, maybe Steyn was ‘sent’ to France.

  10. avatar Duiwel says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Good luck to him.
    Can’t wait to see him
    Play here.

  11. avatar Sasori says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Its a shame, he seems to be playing much better this season.

    Taking the ball to the line, solid distribution and his tactical kicking was very good the first two games so far. Not a perfect display, but better then seasons past.

    Oh and Bekke …. :Rule 9:

    :P

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Go make some Millions Morne….

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 8:02 am: Yip save our arsh in 2009.

  14. avatar Kwevoels says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Going to miss you Morne :applause: :bowdown:

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