François Steyn

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François Steyn
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Birth nameFrançois Philippus Lodewyk Steyn
Date of birth (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Aliwal North, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Weight114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb) [1]
School Grey College
Occupation(s)Professional Rugby Union Player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Fullback, Fly-half
Current team Montpellier Hérault Rugby
Senior career
Racing Metro
Toshiba Brave Lupus
Correct as of 24 February 2018
Provincial / State sides
2006–2009, 2013–2014 Sharks (Currie Cup) 20 (65)
Super Rugby
2007–2009, 2012–2015 Sharks 75 (287)
Correct as of 24 May 2015
National team(s)
2006–2014, 2017- South Africa 56 (132)
Correct as of 27 June 2017

François Philippus Lodewyk Steyn (born 14 May 1987) is a South African rugby union player for Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Top 14. He usually plays at inside centre or fullback.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Montpellier Hérault Rugby French rugby union team

Montpellier Hérault Rugby is a French professional rugby union club, based in Montpellier, Occitania and named after the Hérault river. The club competes in the top level of the French league system, the Top 14. They originally played at Stade Sabathé but moved to the Stade Yves-du-Manoir, later known as Altrad Stadium, and since renamed the GGL Stadium, in 2007. They wear white and blue.

Top 14 French rugby union league

The Top 14 is a professional rugby union club competition that is played in France created in 1892. The Top 14 is at the top of the national league system operated by the French National Rugby League, also known by its French initialism of LNR. There is promotion and relegation between the Top 14 and the next level down, the Rugby Pro D2. The fourteen best rugby teams in France participate in the competition, hence the name Top 14. The competition was previously known as the Top 16.


He was a key member of the South African team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He is known for his long distance kicking ability and strong tackling.

2007 Rugby World Cup 6th Rugby World Cup

The 2007 Rugby World Cup was the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. Twenty nations competed for the Webb Ellis Cup in the tournament, which was hosted by France from 7 September to 20 October. France won the hosting rights in 2003, beating a bid from England. The competition consisted of 48 matches over 44 days; 42 matches were played in ten cities throughout France, as well as four in Cardiff, Wales, and two in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Club career

Sharks (2007–2009)

In his debut season of Super 14 rugby for the Sharks, Steyn was selected on the right wing, however, was moved to fullback when Percy Montgomery was injured. He played as the last line of defense until Percy Montgomery returned for the game against the Blues in Round 11, and was moved to fly-half for this game.

Super Rugby rugby union competition

Super Rugby is a professional men's rugby union competition involving teams from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. Building on various Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations, Super Rugby started as the Super 12 in the 1996 season with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Super 12 was established by SANZAR after the sport became professional in 1995.

Sharks (rugby union) Super Rugby franchise based in Durban

The Sharks — known as the Cell C Sharks for sponsorship reasons — are a South African rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition. They are based in Durban and centred on the Sharks union, also based in Durban and drawing players from all of KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Percy Montgomery South African rugby union player

Percival Colin "Percy" Montgomery OIS is a retired South African rugby union player. When he ended his international career in August 2008, he held the all-time records for both caps and points for South Africa's national team, known as the Springboks.

Racing Metro (2009–2012)

In April 2009, Steyn signed a two-year contract with French Top 14 club Racing Métro 92 for an estimated €750,000 per season. [2]

Sharks (2012–2013)

Steyn rejoined The Sharks by signing a 3-year deal on 29 May 2012. Back with his old team, Steyn played in the Sharks' final two league matches of the 2012 Super Rugby season, helping them to make the finals series. Unfortunately for the franchise, Steyn was not available to them for the knock-outs due to his late entry into the squad. The Sharks went on to lose in the final to The Chiefs.

Chiefs (rugby union) rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand

The Chiefs are a professional rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand. The team competes in the Super Rugby competition, previously known as the Super 12 and Super 14, and are one of the competition's five New Zealand teams. Playing in black, red and yellow coloured jerseys, their primary home ground is Waikato Stadium.

The player made his return for the Sharks in the 2013 Super Rugby competition, captaining the side in the first few matches in the absence of regular skipper, Keegan Daniel. Steyn struggled with form early on in Super Rugby, but as the season progressed, he began to regain the form that first earned him Springbok honours. Once again though, Steyn was injured in the Sharks league match against the Highlanders in Dunedin, which they lost. Steyn would have to wait until the Currie Cup semi-final of 2013 against the Free State Cheetahs to make his next appearance. He was subbed early on in the match, but was again selected for the final against DHL Western Province. Steyn's contributions on attack were good, but it was his immense defense that really marked his successful comeback, and helped the Sharks to Currie Cup victory in 2013. After only 2 matches back, Steyn was not selected for the Springbok end of year tour in 2013.

Keegan Rhys Daniel is a South African rugby union player who last played for the Sharks in Super Rugby and in the Currie Cup and the Sharks XV in the Rugby Challenge.

Free State Cheetahs sports club

The Free State Cheetahs, currently named the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, for sponsorship reasons, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. They are governed by the Free State Rugby Union and are based at the 48,000 capacity Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs have won the Currie Cup only five times. However, they have been one of the most successful teams in recent history, winning the cup three times consecutively from 2005 to 2007. Since the advent of professionalism in rugby union, they have been considered one of South Africa's "Big 5" provincial rugby Unions.

Western Province (rugby team) rugby union team in South Africa

Western Province is a South African rugby union team based in Newlands, Cape Town, that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments. Founded in 1883, the team has won multiple titles, a record of 34 Currie Cup titles including the inaugural competition, the Vodacom Cup, the Absa Nite Series, and the Lion Cup. The club has the most supporters of any Currie Cup team.

Toshiba Brave Lupus (2014–2016)

On June 3, 2014, Steyn signed a two-year deal with japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus. [3]

Montpellier (2016–present)

On February 2016, Steyn joins french club Montpellier Hérault Rugby.

South Africa

Francois Steyn in the Springbok change kit, after a pre-match warmup at Murrayfield, 2008 Francois Steyn Springbok.jpg
Francois Steyn in the Springbok change kit, after a pre-match warmup at Murrayfield, 2008

After playing only ten matches for the Sharks in the 2006 Currie Cup Premier Division (at fly-half), Steyn was, at 19 years old, selected to represent South Africa in the Northern Hemisphere touring squad by national coach Jake White. He debuted at wing against Ireland, he scored a try on his debut. In his next international match he was moved to fullback against England, scoring a long range drop-goal, from his own half. [ citation needed ] Steyn has shown to possess superb goal kicking qualities as well.

He kicked two drop goals in the 2007 Tri Nations opener against Australia at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, to win the game for the Springboks. One of these, a 42-metre effort from a fielded clearance kick next to the sideline, and another three minutes from time next to the posts about 30 metres out.

In South Africa's first game at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, their centre Jean de Villiers got injured. Steyn replaced him, playing only his second [ citation needed ] game at professional level at inside centre, but he made a break on first touch of the ball and his inclusion sparked the Springboks to a 37–0 second half demolition of Samoa.

On 24 September 2007 Steyn was cited to appear before a disciplinary hearing for allegedly biting Tongan winger Joseph Vaka during the Springboks v. Tonga 2007 Rugby World Cup game on 22 September. (Match report). Both players were sent to the sinbin in the 60th minute for an off-the-ball incident. [4] He was subsequently cleared of the charge, due to insufficient evidence and Vaka conceding that the apparent "bite mark" could have been received during normal play.

Steyn was the starting inside centre for the Springboks in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final, he made a fantastic break that resulted in a penalty for the Boks and also converted one himself later on in the game. He is therefore the youngest player to win a Rugby World Cup.

In the Springboks' final match of the 2009 Tri Nations against New Zealand, his last match with the Boks before his departure for France, he converted three penalties from within his own half of the field; he is believed to be the first player ever to do so in a Test match. [5]

Reaching his 50th test cap against Argentina in Cape Town in 2012, Steyn is the youngest South African to reach the milestone. Steyn was injured during the 2012 Rugby Championship, missing the final 2 matches, along with the Currie Cup, and the end of year tour to the UK.

Steyn was re-called for South Africa for the 2017 series against France due to the injuries of Pat Lambie and Handre Pollard, after a 3-year absence from international rugby.

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  1. 1 2 "SA Rugby Player Profile – Francois Steyn". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. (in French) Steyn a signé au Racing. L'Equipe website. 20 April 2009.
  3. (in Japanese) Frans Steyn leaves Sharks for Japan. ESPN website. 6 June 2014.
  4. "South African Steyn cited for biting." Rugby Heaven website. 25 September 2007 – 12:35 pm.
  5. Griffiths, John (14 September 2009). "Penalty tries, Jonny Wilkinson and the Baa Baas & Frans Steyn's penalties". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2 October 2009.