Frans fast-tracked into Bok set-up

Frans Steyn won’t play for the Lions before representing the Springboks in the 2011 Tri-Nations and World Cup.

There’s been speculation of Steyn joining the Lions this season, and perhaps playing for the Currie Cup side before rejoining the Boks. Coach John Mitchell confirmed on Thursday that there have been no talks between the union and Saru to get Steyn in the Lions’ squad.

‘I certainly haven’t heard from Peter [de Villiers],’ said Mitchell. ‘He knows what my mobile number is and I have heard nothing as yet. But I wouldn’t play anyone anyway. It is far too late. The Lions culture is far too important than the request of an individual.’

Steyn was recently included in the 37-man Springbok training squad that will assemble in Durban on Sunday.