Jake White denies Bulls move for Frans Steyn, warmer on Marcell Coetzee’s future

Pretoria – Jake White has dismissed “rumours” of the Bulls targeting Frans Steyn to bolster their ranks as having “no truth”.

According to a weekend report, the former Springbok coach wants to organise a loan agreement with the Cheetahs for his team’s inaugural PRO16 campaign next year.

“Everyone knows that I’ve coached him a lot over the years, but he ahs a contract with the Cheetahs. There’s nothing going on in this regard,” said White on Thursday, ahead of the Bulls Currie Cup opener against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.

“I’m not sure how things work there going forward. What I’m sure of though is that Frans would like to play some form of rugby before the British and Irish Lions tour next year. that doesn’t mean he’s going to the Bulls, that we’re going to bring him to us.

“His details are in place (in Bloemfontein).”

White was even more emphatic about their other claim of the report that Cheetahs stand-in skipper and flanker, Junior Pokomela, is also on Loftus radar.

“We’ve got enough loose forwards and I don’t think trying to lure him here is going to help his career,” White said.

Intriguingly, White didn’t put the longstanding rumour that Springbok and Ulster star Marcel Coetzee is coming to Pretoria to bed.

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