South African rugby rocked by scandal after scrum-half Elton Jantjies and dietician Zeenat Simjee sent home from Argentina amid reports the married player and Simjee are having an affair
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- Fly-half and nutritionist Zeenat Simjee has been sent home from Argentina
- Reports suggest that the married Jantjies and Simjee were having an affair
- Jantjies was arrested in May on allegations he caused damage to a flight
World champions South Africa have been rocked by scandal after sending flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Springbok nutritionist Zeenat Simjee from Argentina.
Reports in the Rainbow Nation said that married Jantjies and Simjee, who is not believed to be married, were having an affair.
A South African statement read: “The Springbok management is aware of reports regarding Elton Jantjies and team dietitian Zeenat Simjee between the training camp in Sabie and the Test match against New Zealand in Mbombela earlier this year.
World champions South Africa have been rocked by scandal after scrum-half Elton Jantjies and Springbok dietitian Zeenat Simjee were sent off the Springboks’ tour of Argentina.
There are reports that married No 10 Jantjies (pictured) and Simjee were having an affair
“No team protocol was breached but individuals are returning to South Africa to attend to these personal reports and eliminate any distractions in the team’s preparation for the Test against Argentina.
“No further comment will be made at this time.”
Jantjies has been no stranger to controversy this year.
He was arrested in May for allegedly damaging a flight from Dubai to Johannesburg.
Jantjies has generally been back-up to Handre Pollard under boss Jacques Nienaber (pictured)
The charges were dropped in June, with reports saying they were dropped after he agreed to pay for the damage he caused.
His lawyer Nabeela Moola told AFP the charges were temporarily withdrawn “based on the representations made to the state”.
The case was later dropped by South African prosecutors at the behest of the senior prosecutor, with no public reason given.
Jantjies, 32, whose team is Japanese side NTT Red Hurricanes, has generally played second fiddle to first-choice outside midfielder Handre Pollard of Leicester Tigers under current manager Jacques Nienaber.
Full-back Damian Willemse can also fill in at No 10, potentially threatening Jantjies’ place ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.