A fitter, on-form Frans Steyn will add great value to the Sharks and Springboks in 2015.
In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday, former Kobelco Steelers coach and new Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold reveals how Steyn's Japanese stint boosted his confidence and helped him get back into shape.
Gold also looks at the role Steyn will play in Super Rugby this season and explains why Heyneke Meyer will be tempted to use the Pat Lambie-Frans Steyn combo, which plays for the Sharks, on the Test stage.
Also in the new issue:
– Adriaan Strauss will be a central part of the Bulls’ and Springboks’ campaigns in 2015
– Jaco Kriel’s game-breaking ability makes him a unique prospect among South Africa’s openside contenders
– Juan de Jongh can end his time in the Springbok wilderness if he consistently adds substance to style
– Oupa Mohoje had a dream 2014 season but almost quit the game two years before
– James O’Connor arrived back in Australia older and wiser after a successful stint in Europe
– Former rugby league and Aussie rules player Karmichael Hunt has lofty ambitions in rugby union
– Scrumhalf Aaron Smith is the man the All Blacks can least afford to lose in 2015
– While Heyneke Meyer will have a good idea about the makeup of his World Cup squad, Super Rugby will give the Springbok coach some food for thought
– Werner Kok’s decision to stick with sevens has paid off big time
– We select a team made up of South Africans who have played in the Six Nations
– Who's made our Saffas in France XV based on club form in January
– In the first instalment of a new series on Springbok coaches, we look back at Jake White’s controversial but ultimately successful stint in charge
PLUS: Giant FREE 2015 fixtures poster!