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Boks pay tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Steyn

Boks pay tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Steyn


Faf de Klerk and Malcolm Marx each hailed Frans Steyn as a legend of Springbok rugby after the veteran referred to as it a day on his skilled rugby profession. DYLAN JACK studies.

Steyn introduced his retirement from skilled rugby, after struggling to get better from a knee damage he suffered earlier this yr.

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The 36-year-old was poised to turn into the primary Springbok to play at 4 World Cup tournaments, earlier than the damage positioned him in a race in opposition to time to show his health for France 2023.

In 2021, Steyn surpassed Victor Matfield because the Springbok with the longest worldwide profession and the veteran again’s remaining Check look got here in September 2022, placing him simply in need of a 16-year Check profession.

Two of Steyn’s teammates from the 2019 World Cup, the place he performed an important function as a frontrunner and utility choice off the bench, paid tribute to him on Wednesday.

“He’s an unbelievable particular person and an excellent higher rugby participant,” stated Springbok hooker Marx.

“I imply, the profession that he had is unbelievable, the achievements communicate for themselves. An enormous congrats to him…I’m misplaced for phrases to say how unbelievable his profession has been.

“All the very best to him for the subsequent chapter of his life.”

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Springbok scrumhalf De Klerk stated that whereas he solely received to play alongside Steyn in direction of the backend of his profession, the previous Sharks, Racing and Cheetahs again left an enduring affect.

“In 2019, it was nice to be enjoying with him and to expertise the kind of particular person that he’s, an enormous man,” stated De Klerk.

“He cares a lot for the crew and the Springboks. We’ve seen that. He’s ready to do something for his teammates. I feel he’s the youngest man to ever win the World Cup. The issues he did with kicking and the way he performed was superb.

“I feel he’s wanting ahead to the longer term now and a while together with his household. He is a good particular person and we’re going to miss him right here on the Springboks.”




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