Lions Rugby Company Senior Physiotherapist Preven Appalsamy has credited Elton Jantjies’ worth ethic stating that he is “probably the most professional person that I’ve come across” in his long career at the union.
Speaking on the Forever Sports Podcast, Appalsamy said that when it comes to the players that work the hardest, it is the senior members of the squad that lead the way.
“Probably the guys that have been around the longest are the most professional. A player like Elton, I mean I couldn’t speak [more] volumes about him. He’s probably the most professional person that I’ve come across in terms of his compliance with his program, compliance with his recovery.
A player like Elton, Courtnal [Skosan], Warren [Whiteley], Jaco Kriel, you know the guys that have been around the block, they’re probably the role models for our youngsters in the team. We have a lot of young players in the team [and] if they use our senior players as a guide I think they’ll be able to go quite far.
Our captain [Jantjies] always leads by example, he’s always willing to put in an extra gym session or an extra kicking session. He’s always there to mentor some of our young players coming through like Gianni [Lombard] in terms of kicking technique, goal-kicking etc.”
Jantjies has recently shown his commitment to the Lions as he opted against canceling his contract with the union after captaining them this season in the absence of Whiteley.
G – ” work and progress ” pic.twitter.com/IlxPFGnO2Z
— Elton jantjies (@jantjies_elton) May 8, 2020
Jantjies has been very active on social media showing how he is keeping fit during lockdown and has been employing lots of different methods to keep himself as sharp as possible.
Already one of the leading Super Rugby players of all-time, the 29-year-old has cemented himself legendary status in and amongst the walls of Ellis Park.