Frans is on fire (and our cover)

Frans Steyn is on the cover of the 200th issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale now. 

Steyn has started to produce consistently good performances under Sharks coach Jake White and chief rugby writer Jon Cardinelli looks at how he has lent some substance to the claim that he will fulfil his potential in 2014.

'There’s a buzz about the Sharks, and a renewed interest in a player who once drew comparisons to Dan Carter because of his outrageous raw talent,' writes Cardinelli. 'Seven years into his professional career, and Steyn is finally starting to apply that talent consistently. And it’s interesting to hear that his coaches, and even the player himself, feel he’s not yet at the peak of his powers. This is just the beginning.'

Cardinelli also speaks to Sharks visual skills expert Sherylle Calder about Steyn's goal-kicking.

Also in the new issue:

– The Ndungane twins are the only black Africans to have played 100 Super Rugby matches. The significance of that feat is greater than it appears on the surface.

– Johan Ackermann on his coaching career and getting the Lions back into Super Rugby.

– Schalk Burger’s performance against the Crusaders in Christchurch showed he still has a role to play for the Springboks.

– Carlos Spencer is up for the challenge of coaching Eastern Province.

– Rugby league forward Sam Burgess has crossed codes with the aim of playing for England, as a back, at next year’s World Cup.

– Israel Folau was the best back in the opening rounds of Super Rugby.

Brian O’Driscoll lifted the Six Nations trophy for the second time before leaving the world stage.

Ashley Johnson loves the way rugby is played in England.

– We select a Saffas in France XV based on players' form in March.

– South Africans have discovered that violence is endemic, the crowds are small but passionate, and conditions are often poor in France’s second division.

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Simon Borchardt