The grapevine is abuzz ahead of Saturday’s crunch Currie Cup derby between the Lions and the Sharks and while much of what follows is far from confirmed, I’m reliably informed that the information is genuine.
Sources tell me that both Elton Jantjies and Franco van der Merwe will join up for the Sharks for the duration of next year’s Super Rugby tournament, before returning to fulfil their contractual obligations to the Lions later in the year. The deals I’ve heard about would appear to be rather amicable, with the Sharks essentially helping the Lions to not lose the players to other unions ahead of their key Currie Cup and promotion/relegation matches next year.
We expect to hear of a number of similar loan deals in the next few weeks, though, with virtually every “Super Rugby quality” player on the Lions books scrabbling to get onto the roster of one of the other teams who will actually be playing in the competition next year.
We expect to be able to confirm the Jantjies and van der Merwe moves soon, but for now, as far as I’m told, the rumours that they are indeed on their way to Durban seem to be gathering momentum rather rapidly.Tweet