An in-shape, in-form Frans Steyn would wear the No 12 jersey in my ideal Fans' XV, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
Steyn has had a miserable 2013, being dropped from the Sharks' starting side in April because of poor form and conditioning. No sooner had he shed some weight and regained some form than he took a heavy blow to his left leg during the match against the Highlanders in Dunedin. While there was no break, he still had to undergo surgery after being diagnosed with compartment syndrome (heavy pressure build-up in a limb) that ruled him out for the rest of the year.
Hopefully Steyn can come back fit, strong and motivated in 2014 because when he's at his best he's an automatic Springbok selection. Some may pick him at fullback, but I'd have him at 12 where he can add physicality to the midfield and help get the team over the advantage line.
Steyn also has a big boot and can take those long-range penalties, as he did when the Boks beat the All Blacks in Hamilton in 2009 to be crowned Tri-Nations champions.
In my view, Steyn at his best offers the Boks more than Jean de Villiers.
* Every weekday a new position will be made available in the Fans' XV, and every time you make a selection you will go into the draw for the grand prize: two tickets for the Boks vs All Blacks Test at Ellis Park, including flights and accommodation!
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