Elton Jantjies Boks

Elton Jantjies. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

LATEST: Why Boks didn’t rush Elton Jantjies back

Coach Jacques Nienaber has explained why the Boks didn’t consider rushing Elton Jantjies back into the team even amidst an injury crisis.

Elton Jantjies Boks

Elton Jantjies. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Handre Pollard, Johan Goosen and Damian Willemse are all on the injured list for the Boks, and with depth at flyhalf seriously tested, Frans Steyn will now start his first Test in the No 10 jersey since 2008.

BREAKING: FRANS STEYN TO MAKE RARE TEST START AT FLYHALF

It’s a tricky situation for the Boks to be in, with Elton Jantjies currently still unavailable after he was given time off to deal with reports of an alleged affair.

Nienaber has now explained why they didn’t want to rush Jantjies back despite the lack of specialist options at flyhalf.

“It would have been nice, but for us and the sensitivity that is needed to deal with mental health issues and the external pressures he needs to deal with from a human perspective, it would have been unfair to get him back in the team,” Nienaber said, as quoted by Sport24.

“There would be a lot of external pressure on him and for us, the individual as a human being comes first.

“(Frans Steyn) has played 10 for the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and he’s also trained a lot at 10 for us,” Nienaber said. “The same is applicable to Faf (de Klerk), who is also covering flyhalf and I guess when you lose a couple of 10s, that’s where you sit. Frans covers the same positions as Damian, but with 10 years of more experience.”

On Friday, Springbok dietician Zeenat Simjee issued an emphatic statement slamming the reports of an alleged affair with Jantjies, who himself then released an official response soon after.

Despite Jantjies and Simjee being sent back to South Africa, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander subsequently stated that they still needed to accurately gather all the facts before deciding whether further action would be taken, while he also questioned the anonymous sources who disclosed the information to Rapport after the story broke on Sunday.

ALSO READ | RASSIE ERASMUS COMMENTS ON ELTON JANTJIES SAGA

Jantjies released the following statement after being released by the Boks:

The Springboks dietician Zeenat Simjee was never with me at either of the two guesthouses that I stayed at. She is a good friend and nothing more. That her good name is now being dragged through the mud is a shame.

I do not want to say much about the newspaper article, except that it contains many untruths and half-truths. I will now concentrate on getting my life and career back on track and wish to do so privately, so this will be my only statement on this matter.

I am aware that newspaper articles about my recent behaviour caused a lot of disappointment, distress, and anger to many people, and I apologise unreservedly to everybody I hurt or disappointed, my teammates, the Springbok management team, and SA Rugby. I also want to apologise to the management and squad of my club in Japan, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

I sadly let myself, my family, and the rugby-loving people of this country down, and I deeply regret my actions. I did not do the Springbok jersey proud. I take full responsibility for my actions, and I am serious about doing everything in my power to change my behaviour. I want to restore the confidence those closest to me once had in me and win back the trust of the public. I hope that I can rebuild those relationships that got damaged or broken.

STANDINGS: WHAT BOKS NEED TO WIN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Jantjies