United Rugby Championship

Morne Steyn ready to do his part for Bulls ahead of Edinburgh clash

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Morne Steyn (Gallo)
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Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn was no sooner off the plane from South Africa and in Cardiff with his Bulls team-mates than he'd already completed his first training session.

Steyn was declared more than ready to play his part in the United Rugby Championship (URC) as the Bulls look to finish their UK tour on a high.

Johann Goosen flew back to South Africa after injuring himself in last Saturday's game against Cardiff Rugby with Steyn called-up.

"I'm just really looking forward to joining the team for what is a big game against Edinburgh on Saturday," said Steyn, who has played 68 Tests for the Springboks.

The experienced Steyn will bring even more to a team who claimed their first United Rugby Championship victory last weekend, and Steyn is also confident the Bulls are on an upward curve at the moment.

"It's a new competition and things are a bit different up here in the north. But the team had a very good win on Saturday, and hopefully, against Edinburgh we can just keep moving upwards," he said.

"As South African teams, we've been playing Super Rugby for a long time, and our players are now getting used to a new competition and a new style of refereeing. But I have no doubt that going forward for South African teams, it's going to get much better."

Bulls captain Marcell Coetzee welcomed Steyn's inclusion while also paying tribute to Goosen and Chris Smith on this tour.

"You mention names like Johan Goosen, Chris Smith and Morné Steyn and that is true back-up for you. It shows how our depth has grown. It was a big blow for us to lose Johan and as a team, we really feel for him. But it also shows the character and resilience of Chris to come on and fill those boots against Cardiff Rugby," said Coetzee.

"I personally thought he had an excellent game. And now you bring in Morné and the kind of experience you cannot buy. It's great to have him here.

"He's a legend at the Bulls and a great character off the field as well, so I'm sure he'll bring that energy and added enthusiasm going into this last tour game."

The Bulls conclude their URC tour with a match against Edinburgh on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18:15 (SA time).

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