Lions grant Jantjies release

    2014-06-10 16:00
    Cape Town - The Golden Lions have allowed flyhalf Elton Jantjies to leave them during the Currie  Cup season to play in Japan.

    This comes after Sport24 on Tuesday reported that the 23-year-old Springbok has signed a deal with the NTT Shining Arcs.

    According to the Lions' official website, it will be a loan transfer with Jantjies returning to play for the Lions during the Super Rugby season.

    While the deal is yet to be concluded, Jantjies’ request was granted by the union.

    Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) Chief Executive Officer Rudolf Straeuli believes the loan move will be beneficial to both parties.

    “Through this opportunity, Elton will be able to gain new, valuable experience abroad,” said Straeuli.

    “It will also be a good opportunity to give young, up-and-coming players within the GLRU structures, a chance to fast-track their careers. Young players will benefit immensely from stepping in as understudies to the current incumbent Marnitz Boshoff, during the Currie Cup.”

    Jantjies is looking forward to the opportunity abroad but also expressed his commitment to the Lions.

    “I am looking forward to playing overseas as it has always been something I have wanted to do and I know I can gain experience that I can bring back with me,” shared Jantjies.

    “The arrangements are being handled by my management company at present and we will only look to finalise the deal within the next week but I am still 100% committed to the Lions. I am looking forward to a successful last few games in this year’s Super Rugby competition.”

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