Sharks centre Frans Steyn says he doesn't expect to play for the Springboks again.
The 27-year-old recently returned to the Sharks to play Vodacom Super Rugby following a stint with Japanese club the Toshiba Brave Lupus.
Steyn last played for the Boks in a match against the World XV at Newlands last June. He then withdrew himself from the squad because of a contractual dispute with Saru.
While many believe Steyn still has an important role to play for the Boks this year, he doesn't expect a recall.
'It's always a privilege to play for the Boks,' Steyn told Rapport newspaper. 'However, when I moved to Japan I accepted that my days in a Springbok jersey were finally behind me. I have made peace with it.
'Players like Damian de Allende [Stormers] and Jan Serfontein [Bulls] have also put their hands up high and proved they are world-class. If Jean de Villiers recovers [from a knee injury], which I hope and pray happens, he chooses himself.
'My only focus is to be included in the Sharks team, play my part and be proud of the team's performances.'
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