South African Rugby
Steyn confirms Springboks availability
May 29, 2010
South Africa's Francois Steyn pictured during a training session, Springboks training session, Brisbane Boys College, Brisbane, Australia, August 31, 2009
Steyn has confirmed he will be linking up with the Springboks next month © Getty Images

South Africa back Francois Steyn has confirmed he will be available for next weekend's Test against Wales in Cardiff.

Steyn, part of the Springboks' World Cup winning squad in 2007, attended talks in Johannesburg with head coach Peter de Villiers after reports the 23-year-old had pulled out of the match because of a rift between the pair.

Steyn, who is set to start at fullback against Warren Gatland's side, has not played for his country since moving to France to join Top 14 outfit Racing Metro in September. But he will now add to his 36 caps at the Millennium Stadium in eight days time after the talks, which also included Springbok selector Peter Jooste and Steyn's agent Gerrie Swart, reached a successful conclusion.

A statement from the South African Rugby Union said, "Frans Steyn has confirmed his availability for the Springboks in their test match against Wales in Cardiff on June 5, following a meeting with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers in Johannesburg on Friday."

"We discussed our relationship over the past few months and certain concerns of Frans were addressed and resolved," said De Villiers. "Frans confirmed his loyalty and commitment to the Springboks and people of South Africa and I can't wait to see him back in green and gold."


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