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The canny old-school way the Bulls are celebrating Morne Steyn

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Bulls have decided to celebrate the commitment of Morne Steyn to the South African franchise by awarding him a farewell benefit half-year. The former Springboks out-half is set to retire from playing at the age of 38 and his club will donate a portion of every ticket sold for home matches at Loftus Versfeld between January and June when his current contract expires.

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A statement read: “Vodacom Bulls and South African rugby legend Morne Steyn has been awarded a farewell benefit year, recognising his long-standing commitment and service to the Vodacom Bulls and Blue Bulls Company (BBCo) over the last 14 years. Steyn’s benefit year will run until the conclusion of his contract at Loftus.

“Steyn’s contract will expire at the end of June 2023 and the 38-year-old will be hanging up his boots to spend more time with his young family whilst also dedicating his time to the works of his #MS10 foundation.”

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Bulls CEO Edgar Rathbone explained: “Morne has been a stellar example of what true professionalism and commitment look like in our rugby community. 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’m confident he will be dedicating the next phase of his life towards, the #MS10 Foundation,”

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“For every home game held at Loftus between January and June 2023 (when Morne retires), the BBCo will donate R1.00c 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.”

Stehn added: “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. 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,”

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“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.”

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