Elton Jantjies

Elton Jantjies. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Jantjies: Rassie helped check me into ‘rehab’ clinic

Embattled Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies has detailed the role played by Rassie Erasmus in offering him much-needed advice and guidance.

Elton Jantjies

Elton Jantjies. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Last month, Jantjies said he is focusing on his mental health to ensure he gets his ‘personal life and career back on track’. Taking to social media recently, Jantjies also opened up on the Boks’ decision to not consider him for the end-of-year tour, saying he ‘fully understands’.

The statement came after the experienced flyhalf and Simjee had been released from the Bok camp after reports of an alleged tryst between the two, which Jantjies recently admitted to.

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In a wide-ranging interview on the latest edition of Rugby Pass’ ‘Offload Podcast’, Jantjies has said he spent a fortnight at the Harmony ‘rehab clinic’ in Cape Town to treat insomnia and take a “mental break” from rugby and intense media scrutiny.

He also revealed that it was Rassie Erasmus who played a key role in helping him check into the clinic.

“For me, personally, it (the main priority) is just to focus on my family, I have got a break and this is the reason why I am here, and then afterwards I will probably get back to rugby and that is the main two things I will stick with.

“I was in a facility in Cape Town just for like two weeks. I had a chat with Rassie and he told me he has got a spot where I can just switch off mentally and then afterwards I can get a break with my family.

“My main thing was just to switch off from a psychological point of view, especially with all the media going on. And all the speculation, they keep on speculating until they probably want me to speak up but I don’t get involved in media stuff.”

Jantjies added that the support of Erasmus meant a lot to him.

“Yeah, a big help, massive help. He took me there (to the clinic) and we chatted and I said, ‘Coach, I think it is a great idea. Let’s do it’. From his perspective whatever he tells me I’ll do it 99.9 percent.

“Hopefully, a lot of the boys can say the same things. He is a good friend for me and a good coach as well, he is very honest with me. I take his opinions in high regard.”

Jantjies has recently spent time with his family in Cyprus

In a recent interview with News24, Jantjies admitted to the affair with Simjee, opening up about the pain caused and how he is working towards repairing the damage done. The article also states that he made the confession to his wife, Iva, who is also quoted in the article and states that they are unlikely to be romantically involved ever again.

Jantjies also said he had completely cut communication with Simjee, and reportedly added that he was “amazed” she was back in the Bok camp.

“At the end of the day what happened, happened. I am not proud of it, but I am learning to deal with it and start afresh. My family is my life and right now I am working on getting my rugby career back on track. This has honestly been one of the worst experiences of my life.”

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Recently it was also reported that Jantjies was reportedly treated for ‘drug addiction’ as part of the ‘professional help’ he has sought out. However, he said in the interview that he has “no mental health issues”.

Although he previously denied the affair in a statement, Jantjies said this was not written by him and that he regretted placing his trust on others to do “damage control” on his behalf.

The Springbok stalwart has continued to post regularly to his instagram account, showing him hard at work in the gym and doing various boxing sessions, which remains another sport that he is extremely passionate about.

His social media accounts have also shown him reunited with his family, while sharing messages of love just several weeks after the bombshell news had come to light.