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So much for secrecy: Morne Steyn is off to Stade Francais says agent

French clubs have a proud tradition of not discussing summer signings. Guess no-one told Johan van Greune.

Morne Steyn has been capped 42 times by the 'Boks.
Morne Steyn has been capped 42 times by the 'Boks.
Image: Barry Aldworth/Sports Inc.

FRENCH CLUBS ARE proud of their long-held tradition of ‘omerta’ when it comes to discussing transfer prospects outside of the summer months.

There was much consternation in France over the weekend when South African winger Bryan Habana gave an interview to the Stormers, his Super Rugby club, to inform them of his plans to join Toulon.

Habana, though the Stormers website, spoke of his excitement at joining a club already boasting the likes on Maxime Mermoz, Gethin Jenkins and Jonny Wilkinson.

Imagine, then, what the reaction will be in France today after Morné Steyn’s agent got loose-lipped on the Springbok out-half and his imminent move to Stade Francais.

Steyn’s agent Johan van Greune told Eyewiness News Sport, “Morné has spoken to [Springbok coach] Heyneke Meyer; 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.”

Awaiting a contract

Van Greune revealed that ‘there is a deal on the table’ between the 42-times capped Springbook and Stade Francais, who are competing in the Top14 and Amlin Challenge Cup this season.

“The final decision to move to Stade Francais has also not been taken by Morné,” the agent cautioned.

“His contract to play for the Bulls is until the end of this year.

“We’re waiting for a pre-contract from Stade Français, 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.” Van Greune added:

Obviously Morné’s not getting younger, so he’s decided to take on a new challenge, and the new challenge is playing overseas.”

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