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Frans Steyn mourns brother’s death

Steyn was released from the Springbok squad with immediate effect following his brother's death.

FILE: Francois Steyn. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok centre Frans Steyn, who is recovering from a long-term injury, was released from the squad with immediate effect following the death of his brother on Monday morning.

Ian Schwartz, Springbok Team Manager said, "We will not take any decisions on his immediate involvement with the squad. His personal situation is now the most important and we will support him and his family wherever we can in this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Frans and his entire family in this time of mourning."

Elsewhere in camp, up to nine injured players could be back in contention this week as the Springboks resumed their Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign in Durban on Monday.

Team doctor Craig Roberts is optimistic that Jean de Villiers, Jan Serfontein, Fourie du Preez, Willem Alberts and Pieter-Steph du Toit could all be considered for selection for the first time this season.

Marcell Coetzee (knee), Warren Whiteley (rib cartilage), Vincent Koch (rib cartilage) and Frans Malherbe (hip) will be assessed over the next 48 hours before Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer names his team to face Argentina on Wednesday.

Decisions will also have to be made on the availability of Trevor Nyakane (lower back) and Handré Pollard (concussion), who have presented symptoms subsequent to the match against New Zealand.

Victor Matfield (hamstring), JP Pietersen (hamstring), Francois Louw (shoulder) and Jannie du Plessis (knee) will not be considered for selection, while Coenie Oosthuizen and Duane Vermeulen will continue with their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

Roberts added, "We'll see how Jean, Jan, Fourie, Willem and Pieter-Steph go in training on Tuesday but all of them took full part in our morning session on Monday and came through very well."