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Steyn relishing Australia challenge

Frans Steyn insists the past is irrelevant as he looks to put a forgettable few weeks behind him when he runs out for South Africa against Australia on Saturday.

The Racing Metro full-back has been the centre of discussion since he was first prevented from taking part in a Springbok training camp by his French club. His employers said at the time that he was injured, while there were also questions raised over his commitment by national coach Peter de Villiers.

Steyn was then forced to skip last Saturday's 29-22 defeat to New Zealand but De Villiers has since cleared the air by suggesting it was all part of a major breakdown in communication. "It is great to be back in the squad and I am looking forward to playing for the Springboks again," said the 23-year-old.

"It is always an honour to play for the Springboks.

"I have enjoyed the week and look forward to the game. There was an improvement in the team's performance last week and hopefully we can go one step further this weekend.

"What happened before is irrelevant now. What is important for me is that I am here to play rugby.

"I am determined to help the team do well."

Asked whether his relationship with De Villiers had been strained by the whole debacle, the World Cup winner responded: "There is nothing wrong.

"There may have been a minor breakdown in communication but we respect each other and are both focused on getting a result against Australia at the weekend."


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