White hails Bulls general Steyn

Vodacom Bulls coach Jake White says veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn still has a ‘massive role to play’ for the team during the upcoming domestic season.

Steyn is one of two flyhalves in the Bulls 30-man squad for Saturday’s pre-season clash with the Sharks, with 26-year-old Chris Smith also in the squad.

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The 36-year-old returned to Pretoria at the beginning of this year after spending seven years in France with Stade Francais, a move which coincided with youngster Manie Libbok’s exit from the franchise.

It will be the first time that Steyn and former Springbok coach White work together as during Steyn’s peak, White was overseas with the Brumbies and Montpellier.

Speaking before the Super Fan Saturday matches, with the Bulls back in action for the first time since mid-March, White hailed Steyn’s ability.

‘I have never worked with Morne Steyn before and when he was flourishing in South Africa, I was overseas,’ White said.

‘I did watch his progression at Stade Francais, where he won championships with them, and he’s just an unbelievable team guy, full of energy.

‘He’s a lot more athletic than people think and the older he’s got, the more he understands what he can and cannot do.

‘He looks after himself, he’s very fit and he’s a great role model. There’s no doubt that he still has a massive role to play at the Bulls and he’s exactly the sort of general we need.’

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