Jantjies restored to Lions squad for key Super Rugby clash

Elton Jantjies is expected to be the back-up flyhalf for the Springboks at the World Cup in Japan later this year. Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Elton Jantjies has been restored to the Lions' squad for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes after being left out of last weekend's victory over the Stormers for disciplinary reasons.

He is expected to be named on Thursday in the starting side for the meeting at Emirates Airline Park, where the Lions will be chasing a place in the post-season playoffs.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin said that Jantjies had broken "team protocols" during or around the defeat to the Sharks in Durban on May 25, but the details have not been confirmed publicly.

"It's a private matter and something that happened within the team and it's not the first time it happened, but I prefer not to go into detail," the coach said last week.

"It's not a about the individual. It's about following the protocol."

The Lions have looked to rally around the 28-year-old Springboks fly-half since last Saturday's 41-22 win..

"It was handled internally. It was handled pretty well in my opinion. As the players we stood behind him," captain Malcolm Marx said.

"It is brilliant to have Elton back, he's one of the big personalities in the squad and his presence gives us a boost," added flanker Marnus Schoeman at training on Tuesday.

Janjties, who is expected to be the back-up pivot for South Africa at the Rugby World Cup, has played in the past three Super Rugby finals -- all of them lost by the Lions to New Zealand opposition.