According to a story on Rugby365, both Jaco Taute and Elton Jantjies will play for the Stormers in 2013, due mostly to guarantees of game time in their chosen positions.
Neither player has yet signed the deal in front of him, but according to 365′s sources, both deals are as good as done, with the Stormers promises that each player would start in his preferred position apparently swinging the decision in their favour. Taute was also looking at an offer from the Bulls, with the Sharks seemingly a distant third in the race, despite earlier media reports that they were front-runners. It appears that the Bok outside centre wants to play fullback next year and that the Stormers have committed to pick him there ahead of incumbent (and permanently contracted) players in Gio Aplon and Joe Pietersen.
The story with Jantjies is apparently similar. In Durban, he would have to fight with Pat Lambie for the right to wear the flyhalf jersey. In Cape Town, he’s been guaranteed that position ahead of Peter Grant…
Now I’m not sure if Rugby365 has this story completely right or not, but from a Sharks point of view, I’d be pretty relieved that we haven’t guaranteed starting spots to any players, even if it does mean missing out on having the likes of Taute and Jantjies in our squad next year.Tweet