Johannesburg - Springbok and Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies
wants to prove his worth during Super Rugby this season.
In a South African rugby perspective, this is Jantjies’
biggest opportunity to stamp his authority in the flyhalf position.
With Handre Pollard and Pat Lambie - the flyhalves who were
selected for the 2015 Rugby World Cup - both injured during this year’s
pre-season schedule, Jantjies will be the most experienced candidate to compete
for the Springbok No 10 jersey during Super Rugby this season.
Pollard (knee) is expected to spend the rest of the season
on the sidelines, while Lambie (shoulder) is ruled out for about three months.
However, Jantjies has stressed that the onus is on him to
earn a national call-up when Ireland tour South Africa from June 11 to 25.
“One can never count on other players being injured. I need
to depend on my own performances this season to earn my opportunities,”
Jantjies told MyPlayers.
“One of my biggest goals for the year ahead is to prove
myself at Springbok level. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in the
national squad, but I’ve never had the opportunity to establish myself at Test
“This is my sixth season of senior rugby, and if I want to
achieve this, I need to play consistently well during Super Rugby. I’ll need to
be pinpoint when it comes to my game and decision-making. I want to master my
Jantjies added that he’s feeling confident during the Lions’
pre-season schedule after spending his second season in Japan with NTT Shining
Arcs. However, the 25-year-old believes there’s always room for improvement.
“My first season in Japan was very good for my career. I
came back stronger, fitter and better conditioned than before, which helped me
take my game to the next level. I feel even better after my second season,”
“The game is played at a quick pace and a high intensity in
Japan. The clubs also manage their players very well. Since my return to South
Africa, I’m working hard with my coaches to continue my improvements. There are
always areas in your game you can improve.
“I’m also working hard with my off-field coaches, who focus
on my mental training and conditioning.”
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