07 October 2023 - 09:00
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François Steyn is one of only two South African rugby players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice, with both achieving them twelve years apart. He was a vital member of the South African team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and part of the team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with Os du Randt (1995 and 2007) being the first two-time Springbok winning player.
Steyn also holds the record – 20 years 159 days - for being the youngest player to win a World Cup after helping the Springboks beat England on 20 October 2007 in Paris, France.
Steyn is known for his long-distance kicking ability and strong tackling, and he helped the Springboks beat the British and Irish Lions in 2009.
In his debut season of Super 14 rugby for the Sharks, Steyn played on the right wing; however, he was moved to fullback when Percy Montgomery was injured. He played as the last line of defence until Percy Montgomery returned for the game against the Blues in Round 11 and was moved to flyhalf for this game.
In April 2009, Steyn signed a two-year contract with the French Top 14 club Racing Métro 92.
Steyn rejoined the Sharks in 2012 and played in the final two league matches of the 2012 Super Rugby season, helping them make the finals series. Steyn was not available for the knock-outs due to his late entry into the squad.
Frans returned for the Sharks in the 2013 Super Rugby competition, captaining the side in the first few matches without the regular skipper, Keegan Daniel. Steyn struggled with form early on in Super Rugby, but as the season progressed, he regained the form that first earned him Springbok honours. Once again, though, Steyn was injured in the Sharks league match against the Highlanders in Dunedin, which they lost. Steyn would have to wait until the Currie Cup semi-final of 2013 against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs to make his next appearance. His contributions on attack were good, but his immense defence marked his successful comeback and helped the Sharks to the Currie Cup victory in 2013.
On 3 June 2014, Steyn signed a two-year deal with Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus.
In February 2016, Steyn joined French club Montpellier Hérault Rugby.
After playing for Racing Metro, France (2009-'12: 57/151 pts); Toshiba Brave Lupus, Japan (2014-'16: 21/112pts) and Montpellier, France (2016-'20: 92/219pts) since 2009, he returned with his family to Bloemfontein in 2020.
Frans Steyn joined the Toyota Cheetahs on 1 July 2020.
He made his Toyota Cheetah debut on 10 October 2020 in the Super Rugby Unlocked competition against the Pumas in Bloemfontein.
Frans is a big (1.91m), strong centre worth his weight (112kg) in gold. Although he is par excellence an inside centre, he can play with great success at flyhalf. He scored 63 points in the last four Currie Cup games of the 2021 season and scored 19 points on 2 January 2021 in a match against the Western Province.
Frans missed 15 Cheetah matches between 28 March 2021 and 15 January 2022 due to his Springbok commitments. He left the field with a hamstring injury on 28 May 2022 against the Griquas in a match in Kimberley, which kept him on the sideline for the rest of the Currie Cup season.
He scored 1,106 points in 366 games.