Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
4 minute read
19 Oct 2019
6:40 am

Frans Steyn – Love or hate him, you can never ignore him

Rudolph Jacobs

The enigmatic backline star known in the Bok team as 'Toppie' is enjoying every moment at his last Rugby World Cup.

Frans Steyn is happy playing for Bok coach Rassie Erasmus after getting a reputation as difficult to manage. Picture: Gallo Images

To say that the sometimes controversial Frans Steyn has had a love-hate affair with the Springboks since making his international debut as a wide-eyed 19-year-old in 2006 is not far-fetched. Tomorrow, almost 13 years to the day since turning out at wing against Ireland in Dublin, he is set to earn cap number 65 off the bench against Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal in Tokyo, in what may be one of his last Tests. Not that the 32-year-old versatility back ever thought he would wear the Bok jersey again, let alone feature in another World Cup tournament –...