Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie revealed that veteran halfback Ruan Pienaar was instrumental in luring double Springbok Rugby World Cup winner Frans Steyn again to Bloemfontein.
In response to the supersport.com web site, Steyn signed a contract to return to the province the place he performed his schoolboy rugby and in accordance with Fourie, Pienaar, who returned to the facet final yr, was a key man in securing Steyn’s signature.
“Once I joined the Cheetahs, MJ Smith (Cheetahs Director of Rugby) instructed me Frans desires to return again to Bloemfontein, desires to purchase a home right here and needs his kids to go to high school in Bloemfontein as a result of that’s the place it began,” Fourie defined.
“So I made contact together with his agent and Ruan Pienaar additionally helped a bit. Then I spoke to Rassie (Erasmus) to learn how SA Rugby sees the state of affairs. Rassie was very supportive and likewise wished Frans to return to Bloem to affix us, and he helped us as nicely.”
Fourie laughed when requested what position Pienaar had performed, saying solely he had offered him with some “inside data” when it was wanted to deliver Frans again to Bloemfontein.
“The 2 of them performed collectively at Montpellier, and so they have been huge mates since they had been in school. In addition they performed collectively for a very long time on the Sharks. They’re good mates. Ruan helped me get involved with Frans, and to barter the deal. He gave me some inside data typically,” Fourie laughed.
“That helped a bit with the negotiations. He performed his half.”
Fourie stated Steyn’s worth could be immeasurable for a facet just like the Cheetahs, particularly because the participant price range had been lowered for subsequent season.
“To have a participant like Frans in our squad will likely be very useful to us, as a result of we’ve got a small price range. It is necessary for me to have gamers within the backline which can be versatile and might play in several positions. We are going to solely be capable to contract about 35 gamers subsequent yr, as an alternative of the 45 and to deal with 10 much less gamers you’ve got to have gamers in your squad which can be versatile and might play in several positions.
“Frans is not going to simply deliver versatility, but in addition high quality. He’s a top quality participant that performed at a excessive stage since he was 19-years-old. He has performed in several positions and in several competitions, so I’m very positive he’ll make a giant distinction to our squad.”
And like Pienaar, Fourie expects Steyn to have a significant influence on the Cheetahs squad due to his expertise.
“Ruan units a really excessive commonplace for the entire squad. He’s at all times the final man out of the gymnasium and one of many fittest within the workforce. There are occasions I’ve thought this man is 35, 36 and I’ve to handle him a bit. I ought to give him among the periods off however he doesn’t need to do it. He simply desires to be on the sphere and set the usual for the workforce.
“That’s what I count on from Frans as nicely, he’s a seasoned worldwide and has performed 67 Check matches over a profession of round 12/13 years at that stage. I do know that Frans will deliver that very same edge to our workforce and that’s what we want. Now we have a variety of high quality gamers in our workforce however I really feel we want gamers with worldwide expertise within the squad as nicely and as we noticed from Ruan that can make an enormous distinction to us.”
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