Jantjies gets surprise Bok call-up amid flurry of flyhalf injuries

Jantjies gets surprise Bok call-up amid flurry of flyhalf injuries

Out-of-favour Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies has received a surprise call-up to the Rugby Championship training squad following a spate of injuries among Springbok No 10s.

The 32-year-old, who last featured for the Boks against Australia in August last year, has been added as injury cover for Handre Pollard and Damian Willemse – both currently nursing injuries.

The only fit flyhalf in the training squad at present is Manie Libbok.

"Damian has a knee injury and will be touch-and-go for the first Test of the season next month while Handre is definitely out," said Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber.

"It means Manie is our only fit flyhalf as of today and we can't go into a Test season without any cover. We weighed up the options available locally and overseas - having tracked all of them throughout the season just completed - and Elton is the next flyhalf in line.

"He knows our thinking and systems inside out and can slot in easily. We kick off against Australia in three weeks and should Damian Willemse not return to full fitness by then Elton would be ready to play."

Jantjies, who has 46 Test caps to his name, is currently in France and will join the squad in Pretoria on Sunday.

The Springboks' first Test of the year is against Australia at Loftus Versfeld on 8 July.