Springboks

Frans Steyn back in Bok picture?

Frans Steyn (Gallo Images)
Frans Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Frans Steyn will return to South Africa to play for the Sharks in next year's Super Rugby competition.

READ: Steyn, SARU in money dispute

The 27-year-old earlier this year made himself unavailable for Springbok contention due to a contractual dispute with the SA Rugby Union (SARU).

He currently plays club rugby in Japan for the Toshiba Brave Lupus.

His agent, Gerrie Swart, confirmed to Rapport (www.netwerk24.co.za) that Steyn would return to South Africa next year to play for the Sharks.

It is believed that Steyn's return is an indication of his desire to play for the Springboks at next year's Rugby World Cup in England and Wales.

Swart said Steyn is enjoying his rugby in Japan and has shed 10kgs, while also confirming that the player only wanted to take a temporary break from international rugby.

Steyn's intended return would be welcomed by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, especially after the horrific injury suffered by captain Jean de Villiers.

De Villiers dislocated his knee in the weekend Test against Wales in Cardiff and is set to be sidelined for several months, leaving his participation at next year's World Cup in doubt.

Steyn would be a welcome boost to the Boks' midfield stocks, while it is believed that Meyer is also keen to convince Jaque Fourie to change his mind after the centre announced his retirement from Test rugby last week.
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