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Jantjies to play in Japan after Super Rugby

Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies will play rugby in Japan later this year

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Article Published: Tuesday 10 June 2014|

Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has joined the every growing exodus of Super Rugby players leaving home to play rugby in Japan.

According to reports in Beeld Jantjies has agreed to leave Johannesburg and play for the NTT Shining Arcs in Japan.

The twenty-three-year-old was on loan from the Lions to the Stormers last year but now that he has returned to the Lions this year he has fallen behind Marnitz Boshoff in the selection order.

Jantjies has agreed the deal with the Shining Arcs that will see him head for Japan after the Super Rugby season which means that he will miss the Currie Cup this year.

The Lions flyhalf will however return to Johannesburg next year and play for the Lions.

The Lions have confirmed that Jantjies requested a release from his Currie Cup contract which has been granted.

The Golden Lions Rugby Union said in a statement that they believe the opportunity abroad will develop Jantjies.

Golden Lions Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Rudolf Straeuli believes this loan move will be beneficial to both parties.

"Through this opportunity, Elton will be able to gain new, valuable experience abroad," he explains.

"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 Absa 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."

Jantjies will return to the Lions in February, ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby tournament.

Jantjies was at one stage seen as a possible future replacement for Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn but he has only won two Springbok caps and has not reached the levels of play that had been expected.

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