4 May 2009

Jantjes breaks leg

6:30 am on 4 May 2009

The Springbok full-back Conrad Jantjes will miss the upcoming three-Test rugby series against the British & Irish Lions after breaking his leg.

The Stormers back collided with Waikato's Liam Messam in the opening minutes of yesterday's Super 14 match.

The 29-year-old Jantjes, capped 24 times, was in the Springboks line-up for their victories over Wales, Scotland and England last autumn.

The Boks are already without Bath's injured fly-half Butch James.

There was more concern for Springboks coach Peter de Villiers from the Stormers' 28-14 defeat when Jantjes' provincial team-mate Schalk Burger, a key part of his back row, limped off.

The flanker will have a scan today to assess the extent of a calf injury.

Centre Jean de Villiers is already an injury doubt ahead of the Lions series with a groin injury, meaning he is unlikely to play any rugby before the first Test in Durban on June 20th.