Frans Steyn’s father has confirmed that a contractual dispute is one of the major reasons why the Springbok centre walked out on the national squad.
Steyn has played a lot of rugby of late, and is set to play a lot more when he joins a Japanese club later in the year. However, it’s been revealed that money was another reason why he left the Bok squad on Tuesday, just four days before the first Test of the season against Wales.
Steyn’s father told Die Burger that Saru did not adhere to a contractual promise that they had made to his son. This agreement was made prior to Steyn leaving French club Racing Metro in 2012.
Piet Steyn also told the newspaper that there were other reasons besides money for his son’s abrupt departure.
‘If it was only about money, then Frans would never have returned from France to play in South Africa. He is in top form and is playing some of his best rugby. He has matured and makes thoughtful decisions.’
Steyn has stated on many occasions that he is passionate about the Boks and hopes to play more than 100 Tests. At this stage, however, it is unclear when he will return to add to his current tally of 53 caps.
Jake: Was Steyn under valued? – News24
Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White says Frans Steyn may not have received the respect he feels he deserved at the Springboks.
Steyn, 27, shocked the rugby fraternity on Tuesday when he pulled of out the Boks’ Incoming Series matches this month. It is believed that Steyn left after a dispute over money with the South African Rugby Union (SARU). His dad, Piet Steyn, confirmed that a broken monetary promise from SARU was one of the reasons his son left the squad.
However, Steyn snr made it clear that money was not the only reason behind his son’s decision to pull out. He said there were “other issues” that cannot be disclosed.
And White, Steyn’s provincial coach at the Sharks, believes a lack of respect may have been a contributing factor. “Maybe it’s a case of Frans still being viewed as a 19-year-old and not the 27-year-old man he is. He has a child of his own,” White told the Beeld website. White feels Steyn is not in the right space mentally and therefore wants to take time to reconsider his international future.
White continued by saying that there was never a problem with Steyn at the Sharks where he was very comfortable. White said he told Steyn to inform him if he wanted to rest, but that the player was happy to play in every game. “I’m someone who knows how to get the best out of him,” continued White, who was the Springbok coach when Steyn made his international debut as a 19-year in 2006.
Steyn will finish the Super Rugby season with the Sharks before heading to Japan. It remains unclear when he will again be available to represent the Springboks.