Steyn set to leave Sharks



Sharks and Springbok utility back Francois Steyn has agreed a move to leave Durban and play a season in Japan’s Top League.

According to reports the Springbok back will return to Super Rugby in 2015 and play for the Sharks but will miss any involvment in the Sharks Currie Cup campaign this year.

Steyn is expected to miss the Springboks Rugby Championship campaign due to the commitments in Japan.

The 2007 Rugby World Cup winner is expected to be available for the Springboks end of year tour and his term will not impact on his availability for South Africa at the Rugby World Cup.

SARU CEO Jurie Roux says that they have a long-term contract with Steyn that expires at the end of 2015 but there is space for a player to discuss any possible changes he’d like to enforce.

“Frans didn’t want to engage in any negotiations without our consent and because of the unique circumstances we allowed it.”

“We have the assurance that he’ll be available for the World Cup,” Roux told Sport24.

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  1. This is why I say to use tired players for expanding the Supershit is bullshit… Steyn will now play throughout the year with no break and next year is WC year….This is here were SARU should tell him NO!!

  2. Yip mug, it must be the idea of an oriental girl with small feet walking over his back that got him to go.

    Dont think Meyer has much of a say in this, but it is disgusting that he gets to play in Japanese club champs over springbok duty? That is really poor from SARU. On the other hand, rugby in Japan isnt as hard as test rugby, so maybe a break for Steyn?

  3. @Aldo: I think he will be available for Boks, my problem is the players who play their is not up to speed with our tempo in SuperShit and Rugby Championship… Even a guy like Fourie struggle to keep up and players like Jacques looks fat and not in it anymore.

    We complain the whole time our players play to many games and do not have enough rest, this should not happen with players with Bok contracts.

  4. Jacques is right. There is an Internationals Window where selected players MUST make themselves available for international teams or they are not allowed to play for their club/province during the selection period. Sport 24 is out and out lying.

  5. That is how I understood the rule as well dawie and bunny, but the way I see it SARU agreed to him playing in Japan and not the rugby championship. Not any mention of anyone enforcing rules and laws.

    Maybe I’m wrong but Im seeing SARU agreeing that he can go play and they will not interfere