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Springbok Flyhalf, Handre Pollard, Returns to National Team

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a latest shift from South African Rugby announced on Sunday, Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard is set to join the national team in France. The move comes as a response to a vacancy created by hooker Malcolm Marx. This follows the Springboks' commanding win over Romania, fuelling positive momentum in the camp.

Sidelined by a calf injury, which affected his prospect for World Cup selection, Pollard made a triumphant return to the rugby field on Friday representing the English club, Leicester. The news of his addition to the Bok squad underscores the resilience of this talented flyhalf.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber offered insight into the strategic decision to escalate Pollard instead of a forward. He expressed confidence in the back-up they have at the hooker position with players like Bongi Mbonambi and Deon Fourie. Nienaber mentioned Marco van Staden who has been fitting into the position since February's alignment camps persuing this line of thought.

The decision to recall the seasoned Pollard, a member of the victorious 2019 World Cup team, seems to be based on his experience and the extensive system knowledge he possesses. Pollard's return validates his commitment to full fitness and denotes the importance of experience in building a winning team.

As the team embarks on their journey from Bordeaux to Paris, the focus now shifts to preparations for the next Rugby World Cup bout against Ireland expected to take place on Saturday. One thing is for sure, the collective anticipation builds as Handre Pollard steps back into the green and gold jersey.

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