Pollard delay a worry for Boks

Handre Pollard’s return to play is again the subject of concern as the Bulls flyhalf appears likely to miss the start of the Rugby Championship.

Pollard missed the 2016 season with knee and shoulder injuries and was then ruled out of Super Rugby after suffering ligament damage to his right ankle in April.

The 23-year-old set and missed a June comeback to Test rugby and discomfort to the injured ankle forced him back onto the surgeon’s table last week.

According to a Netwerk 24 report, Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw confirmed that the procedure, to remove “anchors” supporting the damaged ligament, was successful.

Pollard is not expected to complete his rehabilitation and conditioning by the time the Springboks encamp in Port Elizabeth on August 8 to prepare for the Rugby Championship.

Given that Pat Lambie is set to spend the remainder of the season recovering from concussion symptoms, Bok coach Allister Coetzee has few options at the flyhalf position.

An injury to incumbent pivot Elton Jantjies could see veteran centre-cum-fullback Frans Steyn or the uncapped Lionel Cronje deployed in the No 10 jersey.

South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign begins with Tests against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on August 19 and in Salta the following week.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Johan Goosen

    Lets be honest, this article’s heading should be “Pollard delay a worry for Bulls”
    Pollard didn’t have a good year for the Bulls even and not even close to on par for the Boks.
    Personally I would start him at club level then move on to Currie cup, if his performance and injury merits it.

    Besides we have better flyhalve alternatives in in the form of Lionel Cronje and Curwin Bosch, after the duo that played against France should it prove necessary.

    Both of these played better rugby, than Pollard, and is actually fit (and match fit).

    Please rename this article and stop this Pollard obsession that the media has.

    • Amien

      Couldnt agree with you more. Obsession due to the tries he scored against the all blacks. We should focus on the 3 best flyhalves currently and Pollard is way behind them. Well said Johan.

  • Mike

    I don’t believe the French series was a good enough test for Elton. He has proved himself vulnerable when exposed to quality teams…and his outing against the Sharks last weekend brought those insufficiencies back into the spotlight. This weekend will see whether or not Elton has the ability to step up against a quality team….my opinion is that he will be exposed once again….Lionel Cronje seems to have enough variation in his game and has matured enough to be considered more intently…

    • Amien

      Mike do you hold elton to the same standards as pollard lambey and co? I have a feeling you dont. Why does he have to prove himself in every game he plays whether it is for the boks or lions? I dont wanna make this a race thing but it appears as if it is .

    • Samwise

      @Mike He had a bad game, that’s all.

      Last year when the Lions steamrolled the Chiefs, Sharks, Highlanders and Crusaders (some in finals) were they not quality sides?

      He will have a bad game every once in a while – as will Barrett. There is not back story to it.

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