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CONFIRMED: Frans Steyn gets top job

NEWS: The Cheetahs confirmed the appointment of Springbok legend Frans Steyn as their Director of Rugby.

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The two-time World Cup winner and an accomplished player with an illustrious career will bring his extensive knowledge and experience, albeit in a different capacity to the Bloemfontein side from November 1.

As Director of Rugby, Steyn will be responsible for actively promoting Cheetah rugby in schools and developing a junior pipeline for future Cheetah players.

He will oversee rugby operations, contributing to the team’s strategy, player development, and the pursuit of excellence on and off the field.

“I am excited to step into this new role,” said Steyn.

“My initial focus will be to actively promote Cheetah rugby at school and junior level. I look forward to working closely with MJ Smith [COO] to elevate the rugby program and build on the proud history of the Cheetahs.”

Ross van Reenen, CEO of the Cheetahs, also shared his thoughts on the appointment, stating: “I’m delighted that Frans accepted the offer to remain to serve the Cheetahs.

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“Frans Steyn is an iconic figure in world rugby and we are extremely fortunate to have him in our fold. His rugby expertise and passion for the game align perfectly with our vision for the Cheetahs. We believe he will help reinvent and re-establish the Cheetahs as a force to be reckoned with.”

Frans Steyn was one of the most versatile players in world rugby, playing at flyhalf, centre and fullback. His playing career included World Cup victories in 2007 and 2019 with the Springboks, as well as a successful club career both in South Africa (Sharks, Cheetahs) and overseas (Racing Metro 92, Toshiba Brave Lupus, Montpellier).

He represented the Cheetahs in 28 matches and made a significant impact on and off the field. His last match was the Currie Cup game against the Bulls on March 24 in Bloemfontein, where he sustained a knee injury and announced his retirement in July.

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