‘Want it? Come and get it’

Morné Steyn will not give up his Springbok jersey without a fight.

Where once South Africa had struggled to produce world-class flyhalves with the regularity they did loose forwards, we are now blessed with youthful talent in the most pivotal position.

Steyn, at 27, is the old hand looking to stave off the advances of Generation 10. It is a challenge, he says, that has reinvigorated him and one he refuses to see himself losing.

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‘They won’t just walk into the side. I won’t just give my jersey to them,’ he says in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine. ‘They have to come and get it if they want it. I won’t give it away easily.’

Steyn also responds to criticism about the way he plays the game and his defence, and explains why he’s still motivated to perform at both Super Rugby and Test levels.

Also in the new issue:

Keegan Daniel explains his people-driven approach to captaincy

Eben Etzebeth – page 54

Juandré Kruger and the Bulls are reaping the benefits of his decision to stick with the union over the past two seasons

Eben Etzebeth has become an overnight sensation for the Stormers, but he almost fell through the cracks

– Derick Minnie was told he would never make it at the Lions. He didn’t listen

– Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden may have a happy-go-lucky attitude but he takes his rugby deadly seriously

Sarel Pretorius is playing his natural attacking game for the Waratahs

– In his regular column, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie explains why it’s difficult for coaches around the world to retain the players they identify and nurture

Fourie du Preez – page 132

– Opposition teams have worked hard to diminish his influence, but Cecil Afrika remains a match-winner for the Springbok Sevens team

– Cape Town is getting ready to host the IRB Junior World Championship

– The Wildeklawer Super Schools has grown into one of the biggest events on the South African schools rugby calendar

– Former Lions loose forward Ernst Joubert made a life-changing move to Saracens three years ago

– A season in Japan has rejuvenated Fourie du Preez … will he play for the Boks again?

 

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