Springbok fly-half Elton Jantjies, who was ordered to quit the South African group preparing for a match against Argentina on Saturday for an alleged relationship with the team’s dietician, apologized on Friday, while denying that relationship. “I am well aware that the press articles about my recent behavior have caused a great deal of disappointment and anger in many people, and I apologize unreservedly to anyone I have hurt or disappointed, my teammates, the management team of the Springboks and SA Rugby (the South African Federation, editor’s note)Jantjies wrote in a statement.
The 32-year-old adds that he “didn’t live up to the Spingboks shirt, a shirt I’ve worshiped since I was little“. “I betrayed myself, and I betrayed my family, and all rugby lovers in this country, and I deeply regret my actions. I take full responsibility and am determined to change my behavior“, he promises again.
In a statement issued last Sunday, the South African Federation wrote: “Springbok management are aware of a relationship involving fly-half Elton Jantjies and team dietician Zeenat Simjee, which took place between Sabie’s training camp and the test match against Nova Scotia. Zeeland to Mbombelaon August 13. But Jantjies denied it was the selection’s dietician, Zeenat Simjee.