‘We need Pollard in the squad’: Springbok flyhalf Jantjies backs his injured rival to make it back for the British & Irish Lions


South Africa’s Rugby World Cup winner Elton Jantjies has opened up on his transfer to France forward of the upcoming British and Irish Lions collection.

The flyhalf mentioned his need to function in that B&I Lions collection was the primary purpose behind his transfer to French strugglers Pau. The 30-year-old, who made the final of his 37 Check appearances throughout 2019’s Webb Ellis trophy success, final week introduced he’ll be a part of the Prime 14 outfit on a short-term deal till the top of the season.

The B&I Lions will head to South Africa in July for an eight-match collection with the ultimate of three Checks on August 7.

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“It’s an enormous motivation. It comes each 12 years, it solely comes as soon as or perhaps twice in a profession. It’s one thing as a schoolboy you dream of,” he informed AFP after arriving in south-west France on Saturday.

“It’s fairly particular. I bear in mind watching in 2009, again within the day. It’s going to be a troublesome ask for us as a staff. I really feel we’ve acquired the squad to do it,” he added.

Jantjies will probably be competing with first-choice flyhalf Handre Pollard, who has been out since September with a severe knee harm, for a beginning berth later this 12 months.

The pair may face one another in early June over the past sport of the common French season with Pollard’s Montpellier heading to Stade du Hameau.

“We want Polly [Pollard] within the squad. I spoke to him just a few days in the past with me coming to France. It will likely be good to be within the squad with him for the British and Irish Lions,” mentioned Jantjies, who performed in two World Cup pool video games for the Boks in Japan: the 57-3 victory over Namibia and 66-7 thrashing of Canada.

“Hopefully, I’ll see him over the following few weeks enjoying for his membership after which the Springboks.

“I’m not an individual-based man. I’ve to achieve my very own particular person requirements and it makes me blissful. If I carry out properly for Pau and throughout the Springbok preparation the jersey is within the coaches’ arms.”

Jantjies, who performs for the Lions in his house nation, will miss the franchise’s first involvement within the Pro14 with the Rainbow Cup beginning this weekend.

The previous Child Boks playmaker mentioned the transfer to Pau was no slight on the brand new match.

“It was one thing I mentioned with the Springbok and Lions administration and it was a superb alternative for me. Enjoying within the Prime 14 is one thing I’m actually wanting ahead to in preparation for the British and Irish Lions,” he mentioned.

“It’s to present myself a giant problem for that large tour. It’s nothing in opposition to the Rainbow Cup or something in South Africa,” he added.

Jantjies will probably be pressured to attend till Could 8 for his Pau debut as he’ll undertake a week-long isolation as a result of French authorities’s Covid-19 pointers.

Regardless of the foundations the president Bernard Pontneau informed newspaper l’Equipe he was wanting to have an exemption for Jantjies.

The three-time French champions are within the relegation play-off spot, three factors beneath Bayonne in twelfth place with 5 matches of the season to go.

Aside from Montpellier, Jantjies can look ahead to operating out in opposition to already-relegated Agen earlier than taking over the may of Prime 14 giants Racing 92 and La Rochelle.

“The state of affairs the membership is in is without doubt one of the challenges I’m actually wanting ahead to. Hopefully, we will obtain what we wish to obtain,” he mentioned.

“There are just a few changes. We had a 12 months lockdown and I learnt so much.

“I’ve acquired some issues up my sleeve. I’ve some each day programmes to do. Then subsequent week hopefully hit the bottom operating.”

-Rugby365/AFP

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