‘Make an example of Steyn’s withdrawal from Boks’

2014-06-12 00:00

MANY top sports agents agree that Frans Steyn should be made an example of.

Steyn has withdrawn from the Springbok squad, asking for time to reconsider his international rugby career.

After completing his Super Rugby obligations to the Sharks he plans to play rugby in Japan.

Sports agents accredited to the South African Rugby Union (Saru), however, feel that Saru must make an example of Steyn.

One agent, who asked to remain anonymous and who represents numerous top South African players, said Saru cannot continue to bend over backwards for international clubs.

Steyn, who is contractually bound to the Springboks, has already signed a contract with a Japanese club.

It is unclear whether there has been an expectation that Saru would allow him to play in Japan, said the agent.

“If Saru merely said it was okay for him to go overseas, while he was still contracted to the Springboks, it would have created a dangerous precedent.”

The contracts that Japanese clubs sign with their players also contain strict clauses, said another agent, who represents numerous players who are contracted to Japanese clubs.

“The players are basically fined if they arrive injured in Japan. Steyn must have realised that he stands to lose a lot of money if he got injured during an international Test.”

Another agent said South Africa should follow the same policy that New Zealand applies to players who want to play for overseas clubs.

“Saru must tell players who play club rugby overseas that they will not be eligible for the Springboks, or else we will face more and more incidents like this one. If a player wants to go overseas, let him go,” the agent said.

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