Two Bok veterans from 2009 triumph set to tackle Lions tour

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Frans Steyn may be one of the Springbok survivors from the 2009 triumph to play against the British and Irish Lions.
Frans Steyn may be one of the Springbok survivors from the 2009 triumph to play against the British and Irish Lions.
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The Springbok squad announcement for the forthcoming series against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday should confirm that there will be two Springbok survivors from the 2009 triumph, and they will both have the same surname.

It was Morné Steyn, of course, who kicked the mammoth penalty amidst an atmosphere of unbearable tension after the hooter in the second Test at Loftus Versfeld to clinch the Boks their revenge for what had happened to the side captained by Gary Teichmann in 1997. Steyn is an even cooler customer now, and could even be the match or series winner for South Africa again 12 years later.

For that to happen though it would require both Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies, the two players who assumed the flyhalf duties at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to be injured.

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