Elton Jantjies could join Sharks scrumhalf Grant Williams as new additions to the Springboks’ training camp after missing out on the end of year tour to Europe last November.
According to Sunday newspaper Rapport, Jantjies has a good chance of being called into the camp in Stellenbosch on Monday, where the Springboks will move after spending the last couple of weeks in Cape Town.
The possibility of Jantjies being involved has been enhanced by the fact that his French second-division club, Agen, only play again on 16 March, which presents him with a week off to fly back to South Africa.
The experienced flyhalf would be joined by Williams, who according to the report has definitely earned an invitation after some sensational performances in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Williams scored an excellent try against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday from a quick-tap penalty and was also good with ball in hand in the previous round against Ulster.
Neither of the two were in the original 14-player camp that has been training in preparation for the World Cup.
Jantjies last played for the Springboks on 22 August in the Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies in Adelaide.
The 32-year-old was left out of the squad that toured Europe last November as he was without a club and lacked match fitness. His absence came after an alleged affair with team dietician Zeenat Simjee made headlines and he was sent home while the Springboks were in Argentina for the match against Los Pumas.
In Jantjies’ absence, Damian Willemse was afforded the opportunity to wear the No 10 jersey, while Manie Libbok picked up his first Test caps with some solid performances off the bench in Europe.
Jantjies has since been contracted by ProD2 side Agen and has played his way back into fitness and form.
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