Frans Steyn

Record setting Frans Steyn. Photo: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Shutterstock/BackpagePix

EXCLUSIVE: Former Bok coach believes Steyn could reach another World Cup

Former Bok coach Heyneke Meyer says Frans Steyn appears more than capable of playing in another World Cup if he continues to be well managed.

Frans Steyn

Record setting Frans Steyn. Photo: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Shutterstock/BackpagePix

Steyn has officially become South Africa’s longest serving Test player, with his 73-cap career spanning over 15 years.

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The 34-year-old already has two World Cup and Lions Series winners medals to his name, but is showing no signs of slowing down.

In the recent Test against Wales, Steyn was named the Springboks’ Man of the Match, while he slotted a superb long-distance penalty against Scotland this past weekend.

After this end-of-year tour, Steyn is expected to spend some time away with family as he considers his international future and weighs up just how much longevity he has left in his legs.

Family considerations are just one of the factors that are likely to play into his decision-making, but purely from a rugby perspective, Steyn is still looking more than capable of continuing to feature prominently for the Boks.

“If you look at his career, he’s one of only a select few players who is still performing at such a high level at this stage of their career,” Meyer told TheSouthAfrican.com. “But I think he’s actually had quite a well balanced career in terms of game time, with some breaks from Test rugby here and there, and it’s added to his longevity. 

“I certainly think he could play through to another World Cup. Especially with his versatility, and the fact he plays predominantly off the bench in the current Bok set up. So if you’re only needing 20 minutes or so from him, he can definitely keep going. If he’s well managed, as he seems to be, then I definitely think he could go to another World Cup.

“I think the fact Frans covers so many positions in the backline has ensured he holds such high value in the current Bok setup,” Meyer added. “His versatility has made him such an asset, especially with the route the Boks have gone with their bench, but he’s also skilful enough to make an impression wherever he plays. He’s big and strong, and has that massive boot. He also has such a physical presence about him, and that fits into the way the South African team wants to play. He can dominate opponents.”

Meyer, who coached Steyn with the Boks in 2012, said it was incredible to see how the experienced utility back had progressed in his career.

“Frans is an incredible talent, and the full package as a player, but he’s also mentally very tough. He’s a guy for the big moment as well, and always seems to pull through on those occasions. I really respect that he is such a big game player, who responds so well to those high pressure situations.”

As it stands, Steyn has been on the winning side in 56 of his 73 Tests and scored 147 points, while he is set to add to that record when he comes off the bench against England this Saturday.

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