Steyn still available for Boks

Morné Steyn says he will play for the Springboks this year if his services are required by coach Allister Coetzee.

On 3 January, French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique quoted Steyn as saying: 'I won't play for the Springboks anymore. The trips, the time away, all of it has become too much. And what is more back home, Handre Pollard is back from injury. He and Pat Lambie are very talented. It's time for them instead of me.'

However, in a statement, Digidust Sport Agency said Steyn had been misquoted.

'To date, he has made no decision regarding his international career.

'His remarks merely underlined that he is aware that South Africa has two very talented flyhalves with Handré Pollard and Pat Lambie, and that naturally, as they are both younger than him, they represent more the future of the national team than he does.

'However he keeps himself ready to serve his country and the Springboks if Allister Coetzee wishes to call him, as he has already done it 66 times in the past.

'That said, Morné wants also to mention that his current main concern is to be very performant with his club, the Stade Français Paris.'

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