Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
23 May 2014
11:02 am

Jantjies will stay with Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

Elton Jantjies will stay at the Lions if he has anything to do with it, says newly appointed Lions chiefs executive officer Rudolf Straeuli.

FILE PICTURE: Elton Jantjies about to convert a kick at goal during the Super Rugby Relegation / Promotion match between MTN Lions and Southern Kings from Ellis Park on August 03, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Jantjies has recently been linked with a move to the Kings as he apparently sought to join up again with the former Lions backline coach and now Kings head coach Carlos Spencer.

“Elton is contracted at the Lions until next year and there’s no way we will negotiate an earlier release. We are currently looking at all existing contracts,” said Straeuli.

Straeuli, the former Springbok and Sharks coach, who joined the Lions at the end of last year from the Sharks as general manager, was due to fly out last night to join the Lions squad in Perth.

“In my 14 years at the Sharks (as commercial manager) I learned a lot from (former president) Brian van Zyl, here at the Lions I have big shoes to fill, it’s an honour but also a big esponsibility,” said Straeuli.

Golden Lions president, Kevin de Klerk, yesterday announced that, as of June 1, CEO Manie Booysen would hand over his position to Straeuli following the conclusion of his current contract.

Booysen, who joined the GLRU on contract in January 2013, had the responsibility of re-structuring the business, including the Ellis Park Pty Ltd organisation. He did this with all the stakeholders at the union.

His mandate also included, together with the Board, Exco and staff of the GLRU, to work towards the Lions regaining their position as participants in the Super Rugby competition.

His services will still be called upon as and when required over the upcoming months.

Booysen thanked the president and GLRU board for the opportunity afforded him; to be part of a team involved in a turnaround process within the Lions business.