Morne Steyn: Bulls reward veteran fly-half with benefit year
The Bulls have announced that experienced fly-half Morne Steyn, who is set to retire at the end of the 2022/23 season, has been awarded a farewell benefit year.
Steyn, who turns 39 in July, is being rewarded for his service to the Bulls, who he has represented for 14 years.
Made Bulls debut 20 years ago
He made his Bulls debut in 2003 and initially played for them until 2013 before heading to French club Stade Francais where he played until 2020 and returned to the Pretoria-based outfit that year.
The former Springbok’s benefit year will run until the conclusion of his current contract with the Bulls in June this year.
“Morne has been a stellar example of what true professionalism and commitment looks like in our rugby community,” said Bulls chief executive Edgar Rathbone.
“He has inspired, entertained and re-defined sportainment over the last decade and a half, truly epitomising the very DNA of our organisation. We have been blessed to have him run out in our colours for more than 267 professional games and he will leave us as an icon in Pretoria and rugby across South Africa.
“We are extremely excited as an organisation to be able to say thank you to him by giving back to a cause that is dear to his heart and one that I am confident he will be dedicating the next phase of his life towards, the #MS10 Foundation.
“For every home game held at Loftus between January and June 2023 (when Morne retires), the Blue Bulls Company will donate R1.00 of every ticket sold, towards his #MS10 foundation.
“We hope that this also sends a strong message to young players coming up through the ranks, that there is a reward for loyalty. We intend to look after those who commit their skills and talent to the growth of our stable.”
Steyn, who is set to spend more time with his young family while also dedicating his time to the works of his #MS10 foundation, thanked the Bulls for their gesture.
“Playing at Loftus over such a long period of time has been a gift in life I wouldn’t have dreamt of in any perfect world,” he said.
“It has been a privilege and honour to represent all the passionate Loftus faithful, sharing the field with some incredible rugby players and experiencing many highs and lows with some of the most loyal rugby lovers, and of course; winning many pieces of silverware along the journey.
Loftus Versfeld considered home
“This place has been home not only to me, but my family, wife and now kids. We will miss it when I am done but luckily, we will always consider it our home and everyone here a part of our family.
“I am thankful to the leadership of the organisation for their generous offer in supporting the #MS10 foundation. Thank you to everyone who has and who will buy tickets to our home games this year, because they too are going to play a critical role in contributing towards the work of #MS10. Thank you.”
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