Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
9 Jul 2014
3:00 pm

Elton Jantjies off to Japan

Rudolph Jacobs

For the Lions' Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies, this weekend's Cheetahs match at Ellis Park is a case of goodbye, but not farewell.

FILE PICTURE: Elton Jantjies during the Lions training session at Johannesburg Stadium on February 18, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

The 23-year-old is not only set to feature in a landmark 50th Super Rugby appearance (with Lionel Mapoe) on Saturday, but he will also pack his bags on course to a new adventure in Japan next week.

“I am looking forward to a successful last game in this year’s Super Rugby competition,” said the flyhalf.

Elton Jantjies recently requested a release from his Absa Currie Cup contract, in order to complete a loan transfer to Japanese club NTT Shining Arcs.

“I am still 100% committed to the Lions,” said Elton Jantjies.

He will return in February next season for the Lions Super Rugby campaign, which has turned out to be an up-and-down experience for him this year with Marnitz Boshoff being the preferred pivot in the starting line-up.

“I am looking forward to playing overseas, as it has always been something I wanted to do,” said Elton Jantjies, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 in the opening round against the Bulls.

Having earned two caps for the Boks in 2012 with his debut coming against the Wallabies at Loftus, his star started fading last season during an unsuccessful stint with the Stormers which coincided with the sudden, traumatic passing away of his father.

He did play in 13 games for the Capetonians, but this year he only started twice for the Lions and featured in just nine of their 15 matches, but he is positive he can return an even better player.

“I know I can gain experience that I can bring back with me,” he said.

Elton Jantjies is the second flyhalf to leave the Lions, with former Tukkies pivot Willie du Plessis set to continue his career with the Cheetahs next season.