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Rugby | SA Rugby

Steyn's French move denied



Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn’s apparent move to Stade Francais has been denied by the Vodacom Bulls on Tuesday.

A French newspaper report said that Steyn was in the process of finalising a contract with the French club but the Bulls have no knowledge of any negotiations as Steyn is under contract to them.

Bulls High Performance manager Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed to supersport.com that Steyn, who only returned from the Bok tour of Ireland, Scotland and England on Monday, was still under contract until the end of 2013.

However, supersport.com’s sources say that Steyn will meet with coach Frans Ludeke this week to discuss the offer, which has apparently been made.

Steyn’s motivation for considering the offer seems simple enough, although the player has said nothing whether or not he is considering it.

After being the Bok incumbent flyhalf for more than two years and breaking several records in the process, Steyn experienced a form slump this year and lost his place in the Bok starting line-up as a consequence.

Steyn seems now to have fallen behind both Pat Lambie and Johan Goosen in the Bok pecking order.

It would be surprising if the Bulls would accede to any request to release Steyn, especially as they have young Louis Fouche and Handre Pollard as their two other flyhalves for Super Rugby and neither has a wealth of experience at this level.

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