4 Oct 2011

Francois Steyn loss bigger than Dan Carter

1:49 pm on 4 October 2011

The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says their loss of utility back Francois Steyn is a bigger blow to their World Cup chances than the All Blacks' loss of first five Dan Carter.

Steyn injured his left shoulder in the final minutes of South Africa's 13-5 win over Samoa in Auckland on Friday night and has returned to South Africa for surgery.

The 24-year-old kicked a 53-metre penalty in that match to help ensure the win and de Villiers says he will be sorely missed.

Steyn is the youngest player to win a Rugby World Cup. He was part of South Africa's victorious 2007 team.