Francois Steyn

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South Africa captain Siya Kolisi takes part in a training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park ahead of their Rugby World Cup clash with New Zealand. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images

South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus has picked his strongest, most settled team to tackle New Zealand in the highest-profile fixture of the World(...)

Herschel Jantjies scores his match-saving try for the Springboks against the All Blacks. Photograph: Mark Tantrum/Getty

South Africa Who are they Not too long ago, South African rugby was in the doldrums. The once mighty Springboks were beaten by Italy at the end of 2(...)

Francois Steyn returned to the Sprinsboks fold against Australia. Photograph: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty

Rugby World Cup winner François Steyn admits he was a bag of nerves before his return to the South Africa side in their 35-17 Rugby Championship victo(...)

Kelian Galletier  scores  Montpellier’s first try during the  Champions Cup match against  Glasgow Warriors  at Scotstoun Stadium. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow 22 Montpellier 29 Glasgow had no one but themselves to blame as they succumbed to a third successive European Champions Cup defeat with a 29-(...)

Montpellier outhalf Francois Steyn received a red card for this tackle on Leinster’s Johnny Sexton during the Champions Cup game in January. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Montpellier outhalf Francois Steyn has had his appeal against a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Jonathan Sexton turned down. The South Africa(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is tackled by Montpellier’s Frans Steyn. The tackle was deemed dangerous enough to merit a red card.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If after eight minutes French centre Mathieu Bastareaud fell foul of Johnny Sexton’s choke tackle in 2015, conceding the turnover in contact, he did l(...)

Jamie Heaslip finds the going tough when  Leinster were defeated by Montpellier during the Champions Cup game at Altrad Stadium last October. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Leinster Rugby v Montpellier, RDS Arena, 7.45. (Live on Sky Sports 2) Leinster stand on the threshold of becoming the first team to reach the knock(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa: “You look at what Adam Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin have done in the last six or seven weeks. They’re great to play alongside.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Trying to tackle Montpellier’s Nemani Nadalo, the 6ft 5in, 21-plus stone Fijian-born wing, might be equated to attempting to derail a runaway caboose(...)

Montpellier head coach Jake White celebrates winning last year’s  Challenge Cup: he will be replaced by Scotland coach Vern Cotter. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last September it was announced that current Scotland coach Vern Cotter would take over from Montpellier coach Jake White for the 2017-18 season. In (...)

England give South Africa a guard of honour after the Springboks destroyed them 36-0 in Pool A of the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In 2007 England came to the World Cup more in hope of defending their crown than with any real expectation. In the four seasons which had passed sinc(...)