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Steyn signs for Stade, Chiliboy off the hook, Basson out for ten days … A look at the overnight rugby news worth reading about during your first cup of coffee …

Morné Steyn has signed a three-year deal with French club Stade Francais. He leaves after the Currie Cup after the Bulls refused him a request for an early departure.

A SANZAR judicial hearing has found Chiliboy Ralepelle not guilty of any foul play and he is thus free to play against the Blues this weekend.

Monday night’s Varsity Cup results:
Shimlas 38-18 Pukke
Tuks 52-0 Wits
NMMU 20-13 UJ
UCT 15-37 Maties

Juan de Jongh and Jaco Taute will not play for the Stormers against the Chiefs after being given another week off to recover from their respective injuries.

Elton Jantjies will start for the Stormers against the Chiefs after coach Allister Coetzee declared Peter Grant not yet ready for a full Super Rugby match.

Eben Etzebeth and Scarra Ntubeni are both set to return to training on 1 April.

Schalk Burger is running on the treadmill and feeling positive but no date has been set for his return to rugby.

Michael Rhodes who operates at lock or flank has started training but is still a week or two away from returning to action.

Bjorn Basson is out for 10 days with an ankle injury and will not play for the Bulls against the Blues. He did not travel with the squad to New Zealand, but will join them later.

Akona Ndungane, Deon Stegmann, Dewald Potgieter, Wilhelm Steenkamp and JJ Engelbrecht have all been cleared to play and thus travelled with the Bulls to New Zealand.

Duane Vermeulen will be the guest at next Tuesday evening’s Charles Glass Society meeting at the SAB pub in Newlands. Tank Lanning will host the evening and put a few questions to the Bok 8th man.

Luke Watson is a doubtful starter for the Kings match against the Sharks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. He is having trouble with a throat injury sustained against the Force.