South African rugby fullback "too good to leave out"

08:44, August 27, 2010      

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South African rugby captain John Smit said on Thursday that fullback Frans Steyn is too good a player just to leave on the sidelines for Saturday's Tri-Nations test match against Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Steyn, who played for his club Racing Metro in Paris, France, on Friday has been involved in ongoing controversy about his loyalty to his country, South Africa, versus his club overseas.

Smit told Sport24 on Thursday he believes Steyn's recent club versus country battle has been put aside sufficiently, and when it came to deciding whether or not to select him, it was not a choice at all.

It has been reported in rugby columns in South Africa that senior South African players lobbied management for Steyn's inclusion in the Tri-Nations squad.

"Frans is an unbelievable player with a phenomenal boot, a good ball carrier and a guy who can do magical things," said Smit.

"We can't leave a guy like that out of an international game. What happened in the past is in the past, he is a phenomenal player and has a key role to play in the team."

Source: Xinhua


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