Elton Jantjies' new team revealed
TRANSFER NEWS: Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies will be heading to Japan again after signing a deal to play for the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.
The move will see Jantjies play under his former Lions boss Johan Ackermann, who became head coach of the club in 2020.
The 30-year-old pivot spent fours playing for NTT Shining Arcs in Japan during South Africa’s offseason between 2014 and 2018.
Jantjies will join his new team after his commitments with the Springboks.
Earlier this year he had a loan spell with French club Pau.
“I’m excited to have signed for NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes and I look forward to working with Johan Ackermann and Neil de Bruin, that I have played under at the Lions,” said Jantjies.
“The Top League has become very competitive and every year the competition has gotten better.
“NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes have gone from strength to strength this last season. I simply want to make a positive contribution to the team wherever I can, if that’s on the field or off the field.
“Japan is close to my heart and the people of Japan have always been so welcoming to me. I can’t wait to join up with the team when my Springbok commitments are finished.”
Lombard follows Jantjies
Jantjies’ Lions teammate Gianni Lombard will also be joining the Red Hurricanes.
“I am really looking forward to exploring the Japanese culture and joining the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes,” said Lombard.
“The move really suites me because I love the way Japanese rugby has improved and how competitive the Top League has become.
“I really like the professionalism of NTT Docomo and I would like to gain experience as a rugby player and improve my skills in the Japanese environment.
“I am determined to work hard and give my utmost best for the company.”