24 Aug 2010

Steyn not guaranteed a start for Springboks

10:13 am on 24 August 2010

There is no guarantee of a place for fullback Francois Steyn in South Africa's Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Pretoria on Sunday, despite pressure to bring him back into the team after a disastrous run for the Springboks.

Coach Peter de Villiers says it's premature to say if Steyn would play, after he returned from his club in France to join the Springboks following South Africa's dismal loss of the Tri-Nations crown to New Zealand.

The defending champion Springboks lost all three matches in New Zealand and Australia before going down again to the All Blacks in Soweto on Saturday to concede their title.

Steyn, who plays for Racing Metro in France, was one of the heroes of last year's successful campaign, but has played just once this year, in the season's opening Test against Wales.

The 23-year-old was embroiled in a club-versus-country row last week when he was not released to join the South Africans ahead of last weekend's 29-22 loss to the All Blacks.

Despite his club claiming he was injured, Steyn played for Racing Metro on Friday night before flying out to join the Springboks for their training session in Pretoria.