Returning to South Africa ... Francois Steyn playing for Racing Metro in the French Top 14.

Returning to South Africa ... Francois Steyn playing for Racing Metro in the French Top 14. Photo: Getty Images

Francois Steyn, the Springbok utility back, has signed a three-year contract with the Sharks, the South African franchise said on Monday.

The 25-year-old Steyn, who has played at flyhalf, fullback, centre and wing in accumulating 47 test caps, has spent the last two-and-a-half years with French club Racing Metro 92.

But he will officially join up with the Durban-based Sharks from July 1 as he resumes his career with the team for whom he made his professional debut in 2006.

Steyn, who made his South Africa but aged 19, will be available for the three-test home series against England which starts on June 2 in Durban.

Reuters