14 Aug 2010

Steyn ruled out of All Blacks clash with injured thigh

8:35 am on 14 August 2010

South Africa have ruled injured fullback Frans Steyn out of the Tri-Nations rugby clash with New Zealand on August the 21st.

The Paris-based Steyn was among 29 Springboks called up to prepare for the All Blacks Test at Soweto and matches against Australia in Pretoria and Bloemfontein the following weekends.

But the former Shark injured a thigh muscle playing for Racing Metro in a pre-season club friendly and has been told not to train until the middle of next week.

South African officials are hoping Steyn will be released for the games against the Wallabies as the defending champions try to recover from three consecutive Tri-Nations losses.