In a career enjoying its fourteenth year, Farncois Steyn has pulled on the jerseys of the Sharks, Racing Metro, Toshiba Brave Lupus, Montpellier and, of course the Springboks, with whom he hoisted the Webb Ellis trophy twice – not bad for a boy from Bloemfontein.
His sublime skill, absence of nerves and all-round adventurous spirit have made his career one of the most noteworthy and revered ones of the modern era.
Amongst his plethora of talents, one stands out the most – his massive boot.
Steyn is known to nonchalantly hoof the ball over the sticks from areas of the field other players would not even imagine. Here we take a look at three of his most impressive drop goals.
1. Sharks v Free State Cheetahs
In 2009, the Sharks hosted the Cheetahs in a Currie Cup derby. What do you do when you field a high ball on your own 10-metre line? Simple:
2. South Africa v England, 2006
The confidence of youth! At just 19 years old, Steyn welcomed the oppotunity add three points to the Springboks' tally from nearly 50m out.
3. Racing Metro v Clermont
This effort echoed all around the rugby world. As the commentator said: "He could've hit that from about the 22m and it would've went over!"