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Lions don't know if Jantjies will play for them

Elton Jantjies may or may not play for the Lions in their promotion-relegation matches

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Article Published: Thursday 6 June 2013|

The Lions have revealed that they don't know whether Elton Jantjies will play for them in their Super Rugby promotion-relegation matches.

The Golden Lions were relegated from Super Rugby last year and replaced by the Southern Kings for one season.

The Lions can win their way back into Super Rugby next season if they beat the last placed South African team in home and away promotion-relegation matches.

The matches are expected to be played on the 26th of July and the 2nd of August which is during the Super Rugby play off phase.

The Southern Kings have had an impressive first season in Super Rugby but are almost certain to finish last in the South African Conference.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann says that Elton Jantjies was loaned to the Stormers for the Super Rugby season and he is "not contractually obliged" to play for them in the promotion-relegation matches.

"He hasn't got a Super rugby contract with us so his loan to the Stormers is until the end of the Super rugby competition," Ackermann told Sportslive.

"If he wants to come and help us, since he is also part of our Currie Cup team, then that will be great for us. That will be his decision to make," was Ackermann's explanation.

However James Adams who is Jantjies' agent says that the 22-year-old flyhalf will play for the Lions in the home and away play-off matches.

"Elton will be playing the promotion-relegation matches for the Lions," Adams said.

"The agreement with the Stormers was that if they (Stormers) play the semi-final and final of Super 15 he would stay with them, and of course if you look at their situation on the log now, they won't get that far."

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