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Hilarious Morne Steyn nickname revealed in Lions interview

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Jan 29, 2024

In the history of professional rugby, there have been goal kickers quite like former Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn.

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The Bulls and Bok marksman was simply metronomic during his playing career as he racked up a whopping 742 points in 68 Tests.

Bursting onto the international scene in 2009, Steyn would land the winning penalty against the British and Irish Lions to secure the Test series before dominating the Tri-Nations with his 31 points against the All Blacks in Durban, setting a single-match points record for the tournament.

Remarkable twelve years after kicking the winning penalty against the Lions, Steyn would be recalled for the Boks decisive third test against the Lions and would kick two crucial penalties to seal the series.

At the provincial level, Steyn won three Super Rugby titles and two Currie Cups with Bulls before winning the Top 14 with Stade Francais.

Now 39-years-old Steyn has finally hung up his boots following what was a nearly two-decade-long career as a player. Since retiring in 2021, Steyn has returned to professional rugby as a kicking coach for the United Rugby Championship side, the Emirates Lions.

Working alongside several talented Lions backs, such as Sanele Nohamba, Jordan Hendrikse, Quan Horn, and Richard Kriel, the veteran kicker has already shown his potential to be a great coach.

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Speaking to Lions prop JP Smith for a SuperSport video interview alongside Nohamba, Steyn and the playmaker answered several questions about their careers and roles with the Lions.

The interview is very much worth a listen but one nugget that was immediately noticeable was Smith’s nickname for Steyn.

Starting the interview, Smith says hello to both players and greets Steyn as coach “Long-Drop”.

One would assume that this is in relation to his kicking prowess however it is a hilarious nickname given the other possible meaning!

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