Frans Steyn will return to South Africa shortly and rest up ahead of the Test season according to Saru manager of national teams Andy Marinos.
Steyn will play for Racing Metro in the Top 14 semi-finals this weekend, but it won’t be long before he’s back in South Africa. Marinos recently travelled to France to discuss Steyn’s return ahead of the Springboks’ all-important World Cup preparations, and is pleased to report that the young fullback will be available.
‘We went over to have a chat with Pierre Berbizier and Simon Mannix [Racing's head and assistant coaches] about Frans and his game at the moment,’ Marinos told Independent Newspapers. ‘The fact is Frans is coming back and he will play for us provided his form is good and he’s injury-free.’
Steyn has reportedly played a whopping 2000 minutes for Racing this season, and so Saru will insist that he gets four weeks rest after his commitments with his French club are completed.
Steyn is likely to play fullback for the Boks at the World Cup this year, and so Peter de Villiers has made an exception to the rule that precludes overseas-based players.
‘We can’t ignore the fact that Frans is a mercurial player and a unique talent,’ said Marinos. ‘He’ll have the Tri-Nations to get up to speed with the Boks.’