The inclusion of Handre Pollard within the Springbok workforce brings the entire variety of gamers again to 33. Pollard, who lately returned to the sector for his English membership Leicester following a calf harm, was unable to be thought-about for choice for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) squad. Nevertheless, he was capable of spend a while in camp with the workforce for his or her closing warm-up video games in opposition to Wales and the All Blacks in August.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made the choice to name up Pollard as an alternative of a ahead. Nienaber expressed confidence within the cowl they’ve at hooker with Bongi Mbonambi and Deon Fourie, and highlighted that Marco van Staden has been filling in that place since February. Nienaber emphasised Pollard’s expertise as a member of the workforce that received the World Cup in 2019 and his familiarity with the bodily and psychological calls for of the event. Pollard has been working laborious to regain full health and his current recreation time for Leicester will assist him combine again into the workforce.
The Springboks will now journey from Bordeaux to Paris, the place they’ll start their preparations for his or her upcoming RWC match in opposition to Eire on Saturday.