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Steyn set for Stade move



Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn will join the growing exodus of players heading overseas to ply his rugby at the end of the current Super Rugby season.

Steyn is set to join French club Stade Francais at the end of the current Super Rugby season in order to maximise his earning potential as his career moves to its next phase.

The Bok pivot, who lost his place in the national team in 2012 due to some poor form, is likely to be released by the Bulls before the end of his contract in October.

He joins Boks Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro) and Bryan Habana (Toulon) who have already pledged their future to clubs in France.

There is a concern that the policy of favouring local players above internationals may be a thing of the past as Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has had no problems choosing Boks who ply their trade abroad.

Steyn’s agent, Johan van Greue told EWN that Steyn is in advanced negotiations with the club.

"Morne has spoken to Heyneke, they have discussed this. Obviously it is difficult to make commitments from Heyneke's side. That's one of the reasons he chose to go to France. It does open the door for him to play for the Springboks in the future," he told EWN.

"There is a deal on the table and we're waiting for final paper work. The final decision to move to Stade Francais has also not been taken by Morne. His contract to play for the Bulls is until the end of this year.”

He said they are still waiting on confirmation from the Bulls.

"We're waiting for a pre-contract from Stade Francais, and then I need approval from the Bulls so that he can leave after Super Rugby, because obviously his contract is until the end of October. So, there are still a few things to be done before there's an actual contract signed."

Van Greune said it’s the best decision for Steyn at this stage.

"Obviously Morne's not getting younger, so he's decided to take on a new challenge, and the new challenge is playing overseas."

Steyn’s chances of regaining his place look slim, especially with Meyer’s preference for Johan Goosen and Pat Lambie, while Elton Jantjies also will be pushing hard for a spot in the starting line-up.

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