Francois Steyn
Full names: Francois Philippus Lodewyk
Date of birth: 14 May 1987
Place of birth: Aliwal North
School: Grey College
Springbok no: 783
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.91m, 100kg
Current age: 36

Test summary: Tests: 78 Tries: 11
First Test: 11 Nov 2006 Age:19 Left Wing against Ireland at Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), Dublin
Last Test: 24 Sep 2022 Age:35 Flyhalf against Argentina at Kingspark, Durban
Test history:
11 Nov 200619Left WingIrelandLose: 15-321 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
18 Nov 200619Full BackEnglandLose: 21-231 dropgoalTwickenham, LondonSharks
25 Nov 200619Full BackEnglandWin: 25-14 Twickenham, LondonSharks
26 May 200720ReserveEnglandWin: 58-101 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
02 Jun 200720ReserveEnglandWin: 55-22 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
09 Jun 200720Full BackSamoaWin: 35-81 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
16 Jun 200720ReserveAustraliaWin: 22-192 dropgoalsNewlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Jun 200720ReserveNew ZealandLose: 21-26 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
25 Aug 200720Inside CentreScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
09 Sep 200720ReserveSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisSharks
14 Sep 200720Inside CentreEnglandWin: 36-01 penaltyStade de France, ParisSharks
22 Sep 200720ReserveTongaWin: 30-251 penaltyStade Felix Bollaert, LensSharks
30 Sep 200720Inside CentreUSAWin: 64-151 tryStade de la Mosson, MontpellierSharks
07 Oct 200720Inside CentreFijiWin: 37-201 penaltyStade Velodrome, MarseillesSharks
14 Oct 200720Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisSharks
20 Oct 200720Inside CentreEnglandWin: 15-61 penaltyStade de France, ParisSharks
24 Nov 200720Inside CentreWalesWin: 34-121 penaltyMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
14 Jun 200821ReserveWalesWin: 37-21 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
21 Jun 200821FlyhalfItalyWin: 26-01 try, 3 conversionsNewlands, Cape TownSharks
05 Jul 200821ReserveNew ZealandLose: 8-19 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
12 Jul 200821ReserveNew ZealandWin: 30-281 conversionCarisbrook, DunedinSharks
19 Jul 200821Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 9-162 penaltiesSubiaco Oval, PerthSharks
16 Aug 200821ReserveNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Aug 200821ReserveAustraliaLose: 15-27 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
08 Nov 200821ReserveWalesWin: 20-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
15 Nov 200821ReserveScotlandWin: 14-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
22 Nov 200821ReserveEnglandWin: 42-61 conversionTwickenham, LondonSharks
20 Jun 200922Full BackBritainWin: 26-211 penaltyKingspark, DurbanSharks
27 Jun 200922Full BackBritainWin: 28-251 penaltyLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
04 Jul 200922ReserveBritainLose: 9-28 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
25 Jul 200922Full BackNew ZealandWin: 28-192 penaltiesFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
01 Aug 200922Full BackNew ZealandWin: 31-19 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
08 Aug 200922Full BackAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
29 Aug 200922ReserveAustraliaWin: 32-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
05 Sep 200922ReserveAustraliaLose: 6-21 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
12 Sep 200922Full BackNew ZealandWin: 32-293 penaltiesWaikato Stadium, HamiltonSharks
05 Jun 201023Full BackWalesWin: 34-311 penaltyMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffRacing
28 Aug 201023Full BackAustraliaWin: 44-311 try, 1 penaltyLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaRacing
04 Sep 201023Full BackAustraliaLose: 39-41 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinRacing
13 Nov 201023Outside CentreWalesWin: 29-25 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffRacing
20 Nov 201023Outside CentreScotlandLose: 17-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghRacing
27 Nov 201023Outside CentreEnglandWin: 21-11 Twickenham, LondonRacing
13 Aug 201124Full BackAustraliaLose: 9-141 penaltyKingspark, DurbanRacing
11 Sep 201124Full BackWalesWin: 17-161 tryWestPac Stadium, WellingtonRacing
17 Sep 201124Inside CentreFijiWin: 49-31 try, 1 penaltyWestPac Stadium, WellingtonRacing
22 Sep 201124Inside CentreNamibiaWin: 87-01 tryNorth Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityRacing
30 Sep 201124Inside CentreSamoaWin: 13-51 penaltyNorth Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityRacing
09 Jun 201225Inside CentreEnglandWin: 22-17 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
16 Jun 201225Inside CentreEnglandWin: 36-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
18 Aug 201225Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 27-6 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
25 Aug 201225Inside CentreArgentinaDraw: 16-161 tryEstadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaSharks
08 Sep 201225Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 19-262 penaltiesSubiaco Oval, PerthSharks
15 Sep 201225Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 11-21 Forsyth Barr Stadium, DunedinSharks
10 Jun 201730ReserveFranceWin: 37-14 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaMontpellier
17 Jun 201730ReserveFranceWin: 37-15 Kingspark, DurbanMontpellier
24 Jun 201730ReserveFranceWin: 35-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgMontpellier
20 Jul 201932ReserveAustraliaWin: 35-17 Ellispark, JohannesburgMontpellier
27 Jul 201932ReserveNew ZealandDraw: 16-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonMontpellier
10 Aug 201932ReserveArgentinaWin: 46-13 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaMontpellier
17 Aug 201932ReserveArgentinaWin: 24-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaMontpellier
06 Sep 201932ReserveJapanWin: 41-72 conversionsKumagaya Rugby Stadium, SaitamaMontpellier
28 Sep 201932Inside CentreNamibiaWin: 57-3 Toyota Stadium, AichiMontpellier
04 Oct 201932ReserveItalyWin: 49-3 Shizuoka Stadium, FukuroiMontpellier
08 Oct 201932Inside CentreCanadaWin: 66-71 tryNoevir Stadium, KobeMontpellier
20 Oct 201932ReserveJapanWin: 26-3 Tokyo Stadium, Chofu, TokyoMontpellier
27 Oct 201932ReserveWalesWin: 19-16 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaMontpellier
02 Nov 201932ReserveEnglandWin: 32-12 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaMontpellier
02 Jul 202134Inside CentreGeorgiaWin: 40-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaCheetahs
14 Aug 202134Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 32-12 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethCheetahs
25 Sep 202134ReserveNew ZealandLose: 17-19 North Queensland Stadium, TownsvilleCheetahs
02 Oct 202134ReserveNew ZealandWin: 31-29 Robina Stadium, Gold CoastCheetahs
06 Nov 202134ReserveWalesWin: 23-181 penaltyMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffCheetahs
13 Nov 202134ReserveScotlandWin: 30-151 penaltyMurrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
20 Nov 202134ReserveEnglandLose: 26-271 penaltyTwickenham, LondonCheetahs
27 Aug 202235ReserveAustraliaLose: 17-25 Adelaide Oval, AdelaideCheetahs
03 Sep 202235ReserveAustraliaWin: 24-81 conversionSydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyCheetahs
17 Sep 202235ReserveArgentinaWin: 36-202 conversionsEstadio Libertadores de America, Buenos AiresCheetahs
24 Sep 202235FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 38-213 conversions, 1 penaltyKingspark, DurbanCheetahs

Top 50 Boks: 22 – Francois Steyn :

Prodigious Francois Steyn burst onto the international scene when he debuted for South Africa in the Springbok centenary match against Ireland at Lansdowne Road on November 11, 2006. The 19-year-old started on the left wing and scored a try in the 15-32 loss.

The multitalented youngster was named at fullback the following week for the match against England where he slotted a brilliant long-range drop goal from inside his own half. The Boks succumbed 23-21 despite having a healthy lead for most of the match but Steyn wouldn’t have to wait much longer for his first taste of victory in the Green and Gold as the Boks secured a rare win over England at Twickenham the following week.

At this early stage of Steyn’s career, he has won 36 Tests and has scored 86 points. Coaches have had conflicting views as to which position suits Steyn best, and this is evident with his Springbok career as he has started at centre (14), fullback (14), flyhalf (5) and wing (3).

Steyn came off the bench in the opening match of the 2007 Tri-Nations and slotted two late long-range drop goals which won the game for South Africa in thrilling fashion. He was subsequently selected in the World Cup squad as a super sub but was elevated into the starting line-up after first choice inside centre Jean de Villiers suffered a torn biceps in the first game against Samoa which ruled him out for the remainder of the competition.

Steyn thrived in the No 12 jersey and ultimately scored a try and kicked four penalties in the competition, most significantly slotting a crucial long-range penalty in the final against England that gave South Africa a nine-point cushion. In doing so, Steyn made history by becoming the youngest ever player to win a World Cup.

He played in all three Tests of the 2009 British & Irish Lions series and kicked a penalty in each of the first two matches to help South Africa record a historic series win. The 22-year-old also featured prominently in the Springboks’ Tri-Nations winning campaign later in the year when he slotted five penalties in the series including a 60m effort against New Zealand in Hamilton, earning himself the nickname “Rocket Launcher”.


  • SA Under-19 Player of the Year, 2006
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007
  • Youngest ever player to win a World Cup
  • Sasol Most Promising Player of the Year, 2007
  • Currie Cup winner with the Sharks, 2008
  • British & Irish Lions series winner, 2009
  • Tri-Nations winner, 2009
  • IRB Player of the Year nominee, 2009