Elton Jantjies

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Elton Jantjies
Personal information
Full name Elton Thomas Jantjies
Born (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 26)
Graaff Reinet, South Africa
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
School(s) attended Hoërskool Florida
Relatives Tony Jantjies (brother)
Club information
Playing position Fly-Half
Current club Lions
Youth career
2006–2009 Golden Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2010–2014 Young Lions 3 (12)
2010–2013 Golden Lions 42 (479)
2011–present Lions 72 (622)
2013 Stormers 13 (11)
2014–present NTT Shining Arcs 24 (159)
Representative team(s)
2010 South Africa Under-20 5 (12)
2012–present South Africa (test) 6 (51)
2012 South Africa (tour) 1 (5)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 6 August 2016.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 20 August 2016.

Elton Thomas Jantjies (born 1 August 1990) is a South African rugby union player.

Jantjies made his professional debut with the Lions (Super Rugby) during the 2011 Super Rugby season, and his International debut with the Springboks during the inaugural Rugby Championship. He has received several significant sporting awards, including the SARU Young Player of the Year award (2010), and the SA U20 Player of the Year award (2010).

In June 2014 it was reported that Jantjies had signed a contract with Japanese side NTT Shining Arcs who play in the Top League. This move meant that he would be ruled out for the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.

Domestic career[edit]

Golden Lions: 2011–14[edit]

Jantjies gained a reputation as being a clutch performer after he successfully converted every goal attempt in the 2011 Currie Cup final, a game in which the Golden Lions defeated the Sharks 42-16. This performance earned him the Man of the Match award.

Super Rugby: 2011–present[edit]

Jantjies made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 for the Lions. He joined the Stormers for the 2013 season on a loan deal after the Lions were relegated from the South African conference. His stint with the Stormers was largely unsuccessful compared to the previous season with the Lions where he had an 86% goal-kicking success rate.[1] He returned to the Lions who had won promotion back to the Super Rugby competition.

International career[edit]

Jantjies made his international rugby test debut for the South Africa national rugby union team during the inaugural Rugby Championship against Australia on 29 September 2012, at Loftus Versfeld, however his debut for the Springboks came in a non-test, uncapped game against the Barbarians in the 2010 end of year tests.

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of fly-half Tony Jantjies.[2] Weeks before he joined the Stormers, his father Thomas Jantjies died in hospital after being stung by a bee.[3] In previous interviews, Jantjies had described his father as his mentor, and also his kicking coach.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elton Jantjies fights back". SA Rugby Mag. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jantjies at pivot for Baby Boks". Sport24. Media24. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bee sting kills Elton's dad - report". IOL.co.za. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Team comes first for Jantjies". IOL.co.za. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 

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