Munster mentor Van Graan raves about evergreen Morne Steyn: “He deserves all his respect”

Morne Steyn (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

  • Former Boks and Bulls assistant coach Johann van Graan has reiterated that Morne Steyn deserves all the respect he gets as a player.
  • Van Graan, who is in charge of Munster, also praised the decision to support the 37-year-old veteran, who has in turn produced excellent performances.
  • Steyn is back for the weekend’s URC meeting between the two teams after serving a three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle.

Munster manager Johann van Graan singled out Morne Steyn’s “humility” as key to him remaining one of the top flyhalves in the United Rugby Championship.

The former Springbok assistant coach has a long association with the evergreen Bulls pivot, joining the union in 2003 as a junior coach alongside Steyn, who had made the trek from Bloemfontein after matriculating.

Both men, who are “good friends,” were key figures in the Bulls’ rise from 2004 to 2010 before meeting again nationally when Heyneke Meyer was named Bok coach.

“His greatest quality as a person and as a rugby player is his humility,” said Van Graan, whose charges got their first taste of Loftus on Saturday.

“To achieve what he has at 38 (is amazing). He’s still in top form. I actually met him in a cafe outside our hotel and he’s in phenomenal shape.”

Steyn had been missing from the Bulls team for the past three weeks after being suspended for a high tackle on Sharks and Boks ace Lukhanyo Am during a URC derby last month.

His availability is a huge boost for Bulls mentor Jake White, who will be keen for his charges to build on the platform created by a comprehensive 45-7 win over Zebre in Parma after an inconsistent run against local opponents .

Van Graan praised the franchise’s willingness to support the veteran after he returned from a six-year stint in France in late 2019, a decision that would prove to have notable consequences.

Steyn was instrumental in guiding the Bulls to Super Rugby Unlocked and the 2020/21 Currie Cup – White’s first two contests in charge – and then scored the memorable penalty that gave the Springboks a dismal series win over the British & Irish Lions.

“I’m not sure if he thought, at least initially, that he would return to the Bulls, but he was a huge success for them,” said Van Graan.

“He was so important to the Bulls, to every team he’s played for, actually. He has had some phenomenal performances at Loftus.

“Throughout rugby you really have to respect Morne and what he has achieved. Whether he starts this weekend or sits on the bench, he will be a big factor to be reckoned with.”

Kick-off is at 4:05 p.m.

Munster mentor Van Graan raves about evergreen Morne Steyn: “He deserves all his respect”

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