Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies has been sent home from Argentina. The team’s dietician Zeenat Simjee has also been sent home after news of their alleged affair broke.
Sunday newspaper Rapport broke the news when they reported on the couple’s apparent romantic night at a hotel in Mbombela.
SA Rugby released a statement on Sunday, saying although there were no team protocols breached during the incident that reportedly took place in the week of SA’s 26-10 win over the All Blacks on 6 August, the pair would return home to “attend to these personal reports and to eliminate any distractions to the team’s preparations for the Test against Argentina”.
IOL reports that it was a 12-year-old boy who first realised that Jantjies might be up to something.
“The child wanted an autograph and reportedly commented to his father something along these lines: I have got his autograph before when he was with his wife, but this is not her, when referring to Simjee; and a Google search of Jantjies’ wife did the rest.
The Springboks are to play against the Pumas on Saturday for their first test in the 2022 URC season.
Jantjies is married to Iva Ristic and they have three children together.
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