- Morné Steyn has decided to let go of the national team and will no longer be playing for the Springboks
- The experienced flyhalf says that the last few months have been difficult for him and he wants more family time
- Steyn will continue playing club rugby and his contract with the Bulls is expected to end in June 2022
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Veteran flyhalf Morné Steyn has officially left the Springboks and does so on a high. Steyn made the decision to retire from the national team, saying that he would like to spend some more time with his beloved family.
Steyn has played 68 tests for the Springboks with his first one being when South Africa took on the British & Irish Lions in 2009. Earlier this year, Steyn kicked the winning penalty against the Lions to win the series for the Boks.
Morné Steyn is the second-highest point scorer for the Springboks, according to Sport24. He is just behind Percy Montgomery. His retirement means he will not be joining the Springboks on tour to Europe.
The 37-year-old told Boks coach Jacques Nienaber that he would like to be relieved from his duties with the international team, stating that the past few months had been difficult.
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"I told Jacques I won't be available for the end of year tour. It has been difficult for me being away from my family for the past 17/18 weeks and I want to spend more time with them," Steyn told SuperSport.
Siya Kolisi opens up about struggling with alcohol abuse
In other rugby news, Briefly News previously reported that the road to stardom is not always easy and this is the case for Springboks captain Siya Kolisi. Before he made it in his career, things were not always easy for the player and he turned to alcohol to ease the problems he was facing.
Kolisi admitted that if it wasn't for his wife Rachel and a kind pastor who offered him help, he wouldn't know where he would be. Siya Kolisi didn't have a great upbringing and this led to him hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now, he's reflecting on the past and how things have changed.
"I drank when I was happy or sad, or dealing with something. Drinking was the only way I knew to get through this stuff," said the Springboks captain according to Rugby Pass.
Source: Briefly News