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Morne Steyn to leave Bulls and play in France

Springbok and Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn is headed for France

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Article Published: Tuesday 15 January 2013|

Springbok and Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn will leave the Bulls when his contract expires at the end of this season and move to France to play Top 14 Rugby.

Steyn's agent Johan van Greune has told Eyewitness News Sport that talks between his management and French club Stade Francais are at an advanced stage.

Van Greune said that the Parisian club is the most likely destination for Steyn and he will most likely take up a three year contract to move to France at the end of this season's Super Rugby campaign.

The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd have confirmed that Steyn's contract comes to an end at the end of October 2013 and say that they are," continuously in talks with all senior players who need to extend their contracts, including Morne."

"We continue to have constructive and honest discussions around this and both parties are looking at the best options available."

While it appears that Steyn will not be playing his rugby in South Africa next season his agent was quick to point out that Steyn would still be available for Springbok selection.

"Morne has spoken to Heyneke, they have discussed this. Obviously it is difficult to make commitments from Heyneke's side," said Van Greune.

"That's one of the reasons he chose to go to France. It does open the door for him to play for the Springboks in the future."

Van Greune also said that the Springbok fly half's future in France is not 100 percent finalised yet.

"There is a deal on the table and we're waiting for final paper work. The final decision to move to Stade Francais has also not been taken by Morne."

"His contract to play for the Bulls is until the end of this year."

Van Greune said that Morne and his management are waiting for confirmation from the Bulls.

"We're waiting for a pre-contract from Stade Francais, and then I need approval from the Bulls so that he can leave after Super Rugby, because obviously his contract is until the end of October. "

"So, there are still a few things to be done before there's an actual contract signed."

Van Greune said the move to France was the best decision for Steyn at this stage in his career.

"Obviously Morne's not getting younger, so he's decided to take on a new challenge, and the new challenge is playing overseas."

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