Bok fly-half Steyn joining Stade Français
Springbok fly-half Morne Steyn has reportedly signed to join Paris club Stade Français after the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Although no statement has been made, a Bulls source told AFP that Steyn would head for France after the August finish of the southern hemisphere provincial championship, a couple of months before his contract ends.
Steyn's agent Johan van Greune has confirmed that the 42-Test cap Bulls pivot will be heading to France but insisted his international career is not yet over
"Morné has spoken to (Springbok coach) Heyneke (Meyer), they have discussed this. Obviously it is difficult to make commitments from Heyneke's side. That's one of the reasons he chose to go to France. It does open the door for him to play for the Springboks in the future," Van Greune told Eyewitness News Sport .
Stade Français have been champions of France 13 times but have fallen on hard times in recent years. They are currently in the lower half of the current Top 14 championship table with seven wins and seven losses from 15 games.
They also have three South Africans on their books in hooker Michael van Vuuren and locks Gerhard Mostert and Anton van Zyl.
Steyn, who has scored 1,201 points for the Bulls in 106 Super matches and 486 points in 42 Tests, rose to prominence in 2009 when he scored a penalty from halfway to win a Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
But the 28-year-old suffered a dramatic slump in his place-kicking success rate last season and this, combined with media criticism of unimaginative play, led to Johan Goosen and later Patrick Lambie replacing him in the playmaker role.
Springbok and Stormers left wing Bryan Habana ended months of speculation by announcing last Friday that he had signed a three-year deal with 2012 Top 14 runners-up Toulon. Former Bok skipper John Smit has reportedly also signed for Toulon.