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Morne set for Paris move

 Jan 15,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Springbok fly-half Morne Steyn is set to sign to join Paris club Stade Français after the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Although no statement has been made, a Bulls source told AFP that Steyn would head for France after the August finish of the southern hemisphere provincial championship, a couple of months before his contract ends.

Steyn's agent Johan van Greune has confirmed that the 42-Test cap Bulls pivot is set to move to France but insisted his international career is not yet over

"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," Van Greune told Eyewitness News Sport .

"There is a deal on the table and we're waiting for final paper work. The final decision to move to Stade Français has also not been taken by Morné. 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. So, there are still a few things to be done before there's an actual contract signed.

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

Stade Français have been champions of France 13 times but have fallen on hard times in recent years. They are currently in the lower half of the current Top 14 championship table with seven wins and seven losses from 15 games, have three South Africans on their books in hooker Michael van Vuuren and locks Gerhard Mostert and Anton van Zyl.

28-year-old Steyn suffered a dramatic slump in his place-kicking success rate last season and this, combined with media criticism of unimaginative play, led to Johan Goosen and later Patrick Lambie replacing him in the playmaker role.

Steyn, who has scored 1,201 points for the Bulls in 106 Super matches and 486 points in 42 Tests, became a South African star in 2009 when he landed a penalty from halfway to win the 2009 Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

Springbok and Stormers left wing Bryan Habana ended months of speculation by announcing last Friday that he had signed a three-year deal with 2012 Top 14 runners-up Toulon. Former Bok skipper John Smit has reportedly also signed for Toulon. 

 

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