Meyer: Versatile Steyn an ideal fit for Boks

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Jun 28, 2019, 09:50

For a novell look at the issue we hand over to our esteemed blogger Clevermike!

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyerbelieves current incumbent Rassie Erasmus has made the right call to get Frans Steyn involved.

Steyn was one of nine overseas-based players included in a Springbok squad for a training camp in Pretoria this week.

In an interview with Netwerk24, Meyer said Steyn's versatility will be a great asset for the Springboks.

Meyer currently coaches French outfit Stade Francais and his seen the Montpellier-based Steyn in action in the Top 14.

"Apart from his experience, his versatility is worth a lot because you can't a take a big squad to the World Cup. I don't want to speak on Rassie's behalf, but I think he's planning on picking Damian (de Allende), Jesse (Kriel) and Lukhanyo Am at centre.

"It would be ideal to pick someone like Frans - who can also play flyhalf, fullback and wing - as the fourth centre," Meyer said.

Meyer added that Steyn, who boasts 56 Test caps, is as physical as ever and could be a good back-up option for Handre Pollard at flyhalf.

"At flyhalf, he's playing just as flat as Handre and I know Rassie likes that."

The other overseas-based players that Erasmus invited for the camp this week included flank Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt (Tououse, France), prop Vincent Koch(Saracens, England), lock Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, fullback Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), scrumhalf Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints), and wing/fullback Cheslin Kolbe.

The Springboks kick off their shortened Rugby Championship campaign on July 20 against the Wallabies in Johannesburg and that match will be followed a week later by the keenly awaited rematch with New Zealand in Wellington, the scene of last year's epic away win over against the All Blacks.

The Boks conclude their official campaign against Argentina two weeks later, on August 10 in Salta, while the same two teams are set to meet again a week later in Pretoria in a once-off Test before the Boks report for Rugby World Cup training duty.

Nice rest period for the Boks oaks.

Jun 28, 2019, 10:08

Can’t wait for RWC 2019. And to see those untransformed impotent bokkies fade into oblivion. Regards, Ndaba.

Beautiful morn in Crib y Ddysgl.

Jun 28, 2019, 10:56

Oh, in Wales we are then? Interesting...

Jun 28, 2019, 11:01

Don't write off the Boks they could easily have had two victories over the wee abs!!!! Must be worth something.

Personally taking a look at Frans is fine but have doubts about how fit he is etc

Jun 28, 2019, 14:01

The untransformed Boks..... 

What exactly is a transformed Bok side? With 80% black people, but not the merit black people - the ones that have paid the bribe to represent South Africa.

Transformed South Africa is about blacks cheating other blacks, and everyone else. It is not about capitalism or merit - it is about who is willing to pay the highest corrupt bribe.

Eventually, there will only be black people in SA - and the Boks will be transformed. By that stage, Zimbabwe and the other African minnow teams will better than SA at rugby.

Jun 28, 2019, 14:20

And now we have the coach who f#cked up his selections of the  2015 WC squad now giving advice to the new coach.   Erasmus will do very well ignoring anything coming from Meyer.

Jun 28, 2019, 14:40

Erasmus should pay attention to every word HM utters......a 50% coach in his first year could learn a lot from a 70% coach on his first year.

Jun 28, 2019, 14:50

Wow Sharkbok tell us more about all this bribery. Sounds really criminal if it happened. 

Mike believe it or not Frans has not been selected for the squad. Perhaps Frans is playing good rugby again?

Meyer is a solid coach but not a great one. But you cannot just discount what he says. 

Give Frans a test and let's see. 

Jun 28, 2019, 15:09

Must agree, Mike.

Meyer's legacy is losing to Japan and anyone that has that stain on their CV should be totally ignored.

However, it seems if Rassie disagrees with us. Steyn, his boep and his shot knees are all a part of the quest to bring back that coveted trophy.  

I can't think of anyone in world rugby who has a bigger ego that Fat Fransie Steyn.


Jun 29, 2019, 06:57


Fat Fransie is useless - his contract with Montpellier has apparently not ben renewed and he was only used at full back when proper players are available.  Typically of our "expert" to claim Erasmus should listen to Meyer - the same idiocy always,       

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