Two Springboks fly to France to end the season in the Top 14 as the Bulls bring back a flanker known as the “Sheep”

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11:47 a.m., April 14, 2021 Former Springboks prop Marcel van der Merwe became the second South African player to join a Top 14 club this week as a medical wildcard, with the seven-cap frontline accepting a deal at short term with La Rochelle only one day later. has confirmed that Elton Jantjies will link up at Pau for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Van der Merwe, 30, won the last of his Springboks caps in 2015 and he will now join the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finalists in La Rochelle for the next few months rather than playing for the Bulls in the Rainbow Cup.

Van der Merwe isn’t the only South African to visit France this week as the Lions opt to release Jantjies, the 30-year-old with 37 tryout caps, in Pau to help his chances of inclusion of the Springboks before their series against the British. and the Irish Lions.

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A Lions statement read: “At the request of Elton Jantjies, and in conjunction with SA Rugby, the Lions Rugby Company released the player for an opportunity as a medical joker with French club Pau in preparation for the British Lions and Irish. LRC and SA Rugby are in communication with Elton following the opportunity granted to him. “

However, it wasn’t all one-sided as the Bulls announced the signing of loose striker Jacques du Plessis from Montpellier on a three-year deal starting July 1.

Le du Plessis, 27 – says Sheep – started his professional career with the Bulls before joining Montpellier in 2015. “Jacques’ return to the Loftus is testament to what we are trying to establish in Pretoria… a franchise where the players want to be, ”enthuses Jake White.

“His ability to play as a loose attacker and lock down gives us depth among forwards. Jacques is an extremely physical and uncompromising player, and we look forward to his contributions in the blue jersey.

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