A few months later â00 June 16, 2007 to be exact â00 and no longer a starting player, he came off the bench late in the match and slotted two excellent drop-goals (one from the right-hand touchline) to beat the Wallabies at Newlands.
Then, just over four months later, having replaced star man Jean de Villiers in the No.12 shirt after just one game at the 2007 RWC, he started the World Cup Final on October 20, 2007 â00 despite not yet being 21 years old.
His response to his latest, and no doubt biggest, challenge?
He coolly â00chippedâ00 over a long-range penalty to put his team 15-6 up, and more than a converted try ahead of England, with time running out in Paris.
As things stand now â00 ahead of Saturdayâ00s first Test â00 he has not played a game of rugby since picking up a knee injury against the Highlanders on May 2 and he last started a Test in the No.15 shirt in June 2007.
But with that kind of track record, and with a most â00un-South Africanâ00 penchant for going against the grain, who would bet against him doing something special against the Lions this Saturday?
Yet, despite all this fuss over him, and his selection at fullback, Steyn remains non-plussed. He does, however, have a slight soft spot when it comes to the prospect of taking on the world famous Lions.
Selected at full back this Saturday, Frans Steyn is the Boks' Mr Versatile
â00Itâ00s just a big honour to have been selected to play against them,â0 said Steyn this week. â00To me, it wouldnâ00t matter where I playâ0¦ Just playing against them will be a special moment.
â00People will point out that I havenâ00t played a lot at fullback lately, and thatâ00s fair enough I guess, but Iâ00m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully everything will work out.â0
When pressed about that all-too-crucial fullback position, Steyn explained: â00Bryan (Habana) and JP (Pietersen) both played on the wing in the 2007 World Cup â00 they will make things easier for me and then thereâ00s (scrumhalf) Fourie du Preez, who drops back to help you no matter where you are. Guys like that make it so easy for you â00 especially at fullback.â0
One man that will not make it easy for Steyn is the eventually annointed Lions No.10. Welshman Stephen Jones and then possibly replacement fly-half Ronan Oâ00Gara are bound to pepper the now 22-year-old Steyn with the odd high ball and a few raking touch-finders.
Again, the man of the moment remains unfazed by the challenges ahead, preferring, instead, to thank others.
â00Iâ00m just happy to over my injuries and back on the field,â0 said Steyn, â00and for that I must thank the Lord above.
â00As I said, itâ00s a big honour to be playing against the Lions. Hopefully we, as a team, can take the opportunity with both hands and make it a memorable day for everyone involved in the team.â0