Elton Jantjies will return to Japan after signing a deal to play for the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, where he will link up with his former boss Johan Ackermann.
The Springbok and Lions flyhalf had previously turned out for the NTT Shining Arcs in Japan during the domestic offseason between 2014 and 2018.
On Friday, it was confirmed that Jantjies will join the Hurricanes following the completion of his national commitments.
“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,” Jantjies told the Hurricanes official website.
“The Top League has become very competitive, and every year the competition has gotten better.
“NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes has 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.”
Meanwhile, Jantjies’ Lions teammate Gianni Lombard has also agreed a deal with the Hurricanes
“I am really looking forward to exploring the Japanese culture and joining the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes,” Lombard said.
“The move really suites me because I love the way Japanese rugby has improved and how competitive the top league has become. I am determined to work hard and give my utmost best for the company.”
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