Frans Steyn Springbok

Springbok legend Frans Steyn. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Where is former Springbok legend Frans Steyn now?

Former double World Cup-winning Springbok Frans Steyn is still closely involved in rugby, although his current role is typically understated.

Frans Steyn Springbok

Springbok legend Frans Steyn. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Not long before the 2023 World Cup, Springbok legend Frans Steyn officially announced his retirement from professional rugby, bringing an end to an illustrious career that spanned nearly two decades.

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The two-time World Cup winner had been struggling to recover from a knee injury, and ultimately conceded the decision to retire had been effectively taken out of his hands.

So what is the former Springbok icon, Frans Steyn, up to now?

It should not be forgotten that the Cheetahs quickly announced the appointment of Steyn as their Director of Rugby soon after he announced his retirement.

As Director of Rugby, Steyn is responsible for actively promoting Cheetahs rugby in schools and developing a junior pipeline for future Cheetah players.

“He will oversee rugby operations, contributing to the team’s strategy, player development, and the pursuit of excellence on and off the field,” a statement read.

“Frans and his family enjoy living in Bloemfontein and his kids are well-established in one of the excellent schools the city offers, which placed the Cheetahs in a favourable position to retain his service.”

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Steyn has not spoken extensively about the role, but he is well known for his quiet, but down-to-earth personality, away from the game – having always preferred to be out of the limelight.

Life away from rugby

Steyn is also an avid outdoorsman, and has often spoken affectionately about the work and time he spends on the family farm in Bloemfontein.

The farm grows crops of maize and supports a dairy, and there was even speculation that the former Bok utility Bok might go into farming full-time after his retirement.

However, he has remained closely involved in the game with his role at the Cheetahs, and was recently said to have been a key figure in facilitating a trail period at the Free State franchise for forgotten Bok wing Sbu Nkosi.

“I am excited to step into this new role,” Steyn said last year. “My initial focus will be to actively promote Cheetah rugby at school and junior level. I look forward to working closely with MJ Smith (COO) to elevate the rugby programme and build on the proud history of the Cheetahs.”

When it comes to his family life, Steyn is married to Linca, and they have three daughters.

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