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Morne Steyn hangs up his Springbok boots

Morne Steyn hangs up his Springbok boots

Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn has officially retired from international rugby.

Steyn, who came on against the British & Irish Lions in the third Test to win the series for the Springboks earlier this year, made the decision after returning home from the Rugby Championship two weeks ago.

He informed the Springbok management that he wanted to spend more time with his family and therefore would not be available for the November tour of the United Kingdom with the world champions.

Morne Steyn, who turned 37 during the British & Irish Lions series, will however still play for the Bulls, and is currently in negotiations about a possible contract extension, as his contract ends in June 2022.

“It’s a good time to make this decision,” Steyn said, “I think it’s time to call it a day now.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think about thinks and it has been difficult over the last few months being away from home with touring and being away from my kids,” Steyn told SuperSport.

“I told Jacques I won’t be available for the end of year tour. It has been difficult for me being away from my family for the past 17/18 weeks and I want to spend more time with them.”

Morne Steyn has also been seen as the back-up to Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies on the recent Rugby Championship trip and that also played a part in his decision.

The Springboks will announce their side later on Tuesday, but Steyn’s focus now will turn to the Bulls, where he will be needed since the injury to Johan Goosen in the United Rugby Championship.

Steyn, who made his Springbok debut in 2009 against the British and Irish Lions, had played 68 Tests for the Springboks, with his last appearance coming in August against the Pumas.




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