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    Lions eager on Jantjies return

    2013-05-31 13:26
    Cape Town - Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann is eager to get the services of flyhalf Elton Jantjies back before the end of the Super Rugby competition.

    Jantjies is currently on loan at the Stormers but with the Cape side looking unlikely to make the Super Rugby playoffs, Ackermann is keen for him to return to Johannesburg as the Lions start preparing for their promotion-relegation battle.

    According to the Rugby365 website, Jantjies has a clause in his contract which allows him to decide if he wants to stay in Cape Town until the end of July.

    The Super Rugby playoffs start on July 19, and with the Stormers' season likely to be over by then, Ackermann wants the services of his pivot in time for the last of their warm-up matches ahead of their relegation scrap.

    They face Griquas on July 13 in their last competitive outing before the promotion-relegation series on July 26 (away) and August 2 (home). They will come up against the last-placed South African Super Rugby team.

    "We have to start planning ahead now and I do have an appointment with him (Jantjies), while I know his agent will also be speaking to him about the way ahead,” said Ackermann.

    "If the Stormers are out of the (playoffs) running and he wants to come back to play for us, that would be great.

    "He is returning for the Currie Cup and if there is nothing left for him at the Stormers, he might as well start training with us so that he can be ready for the Currie Cup.

    "We also don't know if he will be involved in the Bok team (for the June Tests). If he stays with the (Bok) squad, he also won't be available to us.

    "If we see by Saturday that he is not in the Bok frame, we will be able to make a call on him."

    The Lions face Samoa on Saturday, and will also play matches against the Stormers (June 14), the Sharks (June 21) and Bulls (July 6).

    Golden Lions team to face Samoa at Ellis Park on Saturday (14:30 kick-off):

    15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9  Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Gavin Annandale, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

    Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Dylan des Fountain, 23 Ruan Combrink/CJ van der Linde.

    Samoa squad:

    Forwards: Ti'i Paulo (Clermont), Wayne Ole Avei (Bordeaux Beagles), Manu Leiataua (North Harbour), Census Johnston (Toulouse), Logovi'i Mulipola (Leicester Tigers), Sakaria Taulafo (London Wasp), James Johnston (Harlequins), Kane Thompson (Canon Eagles), Iosefa Tekori (Castres), Daniel Leo (Perpignan), Teofilo Paulo (Cardiff Blues), Taiasina Tuifua (Newcastle Falcons), Alafoti Faosiliva (Bristol), Ofisa Treviranus (London Irish), Jack Lam (Hurricanes), Maurie Fa'asavalu (Harlequins), Fa'alemiga Selesele (Moata’a, Samoa).

    Backs: Kahn Fotuali'i (Ospreys), Jeremy Su'a (Crusaders), Auvasa Faleali'i (Newcastle, Australia), Tusi Pisi (Hurricanes/Suntory Sungoliath), Ki Anufe (Auckland), George Pisi (Northampton Saints), Johnny Leota (Sale Sharks), Isaia Tuifua (Vigo, Spain), Brandon Va'aulu (Tokyo), Alesana Tuilagi (NTT Shining Arcs), Alapati Leiua (Hurricanes), Robert Lilomaiava (Vaiala, Samoa), TBC, Paul Williams (Stade Francais), James So'oialo (Wellington).

    Updated Lions Challenge fixture list for 2013:

    January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
    January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
    February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
    February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
    February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
    March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
    April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
    April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
    April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
    May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park - Cancelled
    June 1: Lions v Samoa - Ellis Park - 14:30
    June 14: Lions v Stormers - Ellis Park - 19:00
    June 21: Lions v Sharks - Ellis Park - 19:00
    July 6: Lions v Blue Bulls - Loftus Versfeld - 16:30
    July 13: Lions v Griquas - Ellis Park - 15:00
    July 26: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - TBA - 19:10
    August 2: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park - 19:10

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