Jantjies to play Super Rugby for Lions again

Elton Jantjies has agreed to play Super Rugby for the Lions after signing a two year contract with the Golden Lions Rugby Union.

Jantjies spent the 2013 Super Rugby season playing for the Stormers in Cape Town on a loan basis while the Lions sat the season out and the Southern Kings played in their place.

The Lions have since regained their place in Super Rugby for the 2014 season through a series of promotion-relegatin matches.

Jantjies’ agent James Adams has confirmed the new two year deal that will keep him playing in Johannesburg.

“He has committed to a two year contract amid a lot of speculation surrounding his future,” Adams told Eyewitness News Sport.

“He felt he needed to give something back to the Lions after many years of service.”

Adams said that Jantjies feels that he plays his best rugby in Johannesburg.

“He thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Stormers, but I think it was a pretty easy decision at the end of the day.

“Most of his success came while playing for the Lions. He made a calculated decision also to be closer to his family in Pretoria.”

The Lions have also re-signed Franco van der Merwe and Lionel Mapoe for next season and Adams says the three new contracts shows a real statement of intent by the union.

“Franco and Lionel have both committed to two year contracts.”

Van der Merwe played for the Sharks in the 2013 Super Rugby season and Mapoe played for the Bulls.

Robbie Coetzee, Willie Wepener, Ruan Dreyer and Jacques van Rooyen have also committed their futures to the Union until October 2015 while talks are continuing for a long-term contract with Bees Roux.

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