SOUTH African fly-half Morné Steyn would be a “great addition” to Worcester Warriors, according to friend and former room-mate Wynand Olivier.
Warriors are searching for a world-class number 10 for next season and been linked with, among others, Steyn.
Steyn, who has won 66 caps for the Springboks, is playing in Europe for French Top 14 club Stade Français and remains under contract.
Earlier this month, Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold admitted the 32-year-old would fit the profile of Warriors’ search for a new fly-half.
Olivier, 33, has known Steyn since the pair were 18 years old.
They were part of the successful Blue Bulls squad in South Africa.
“I’ve known Morné since we were 18 years old,” said Olivier.
“We were room-mates at the Bulls for about 10 years.
“I know Morné very well.
“He’s a great guy and great team player and an unbelievable rugby player."
Steyn would also be well-known to Warriors’ talismanic scrum-half Francois Hougaard and Gold who has steered the club to Aviva Premiership safety.
Ryan Mills has worn the number 10 jersey since teenager Jamie Shillcock suffered a knee injury in January but wants to play in the centre next season.
Olivier, a centre, is out of contract at Warriors in the summer but wants to sign a new deal at Sixways.
He said: “If he (Steyn) comes here, and I don’t know if he is, it would be a great addition to the side.
“We don’t have much to do with the contracting or who is coming or going, but it would be quite nice.”
Olivier is also hoping Gold, who joined Warriors on a short-term deal at the end of January, will extend his stay at the club.
Olivier said all the players were “on the edge of their seats” to see whether Gold would commit his future to Worcester.
“Gary is a great guy and has come in and simplified things and given a lot of guys confidence from players to management,” said Olivier.
“It would be brilliant if Gary stays but he’s got commitments so we will have to wait and see.
“I think everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens."
Olivier added: “I worked with Gary from 2008 to 2011 with Springboks.
"He was more of a forwards coach (with the Springboks) and I didn’t get to do that much with him.
“It is quite nice working with him in a different capacity and him being the director of rugby. It has been a great experience so far.”