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Rugby World Cup: South Africa’s Handre Pollard not in line to face Eire in key match

Handre Pollard
Pollard was ignored of South Africa’s authentic World Cup squad attributable to a calf downside

Fly-half Handre Pollard is not going to be concerned for South Africa in Saturday’s key World Cup match with Eire until they undergo a late harm disaster.

However the holders anticipate to have lock Eben Etzebeth match for the Pool B sport.

Pollard was ignored of the Boks’ World Cup squad due to a calf downside however was referred to as up on Sunday rather than injured hooker Malcolm Marx.

“He will certainly not be chosen for this, other than if we get two or three accidents,” stated Rassie Erasmus.

The 29-year-old Pollard, a significant power in his nation’s victorious 2019 World Cup marketing campaign, returned from harm on Friday night as a second-half substitute in Leicester’s 18-14 Premiership Rugby Cup win at Sale.

“He is solely simply joined us right this moment, he is simply performed his first minutes in 14, 15 weeks for Leicester on Friday. That was mainly the preliminary purpose why we could not convey him to the World Cup,” added South Africa director of rugby Erasmus.

“It is good to have him right here and now he should rise up to hurry with our depth of coaching classes, get by way of our coaching classes and slot in properly.

“We have solely performed two video games on this World Cup so I am fairly positive someplace we’ll press on his button and use him, however not this weekend.”

South Africa have received towards Scotland and Romania within the opening two matches of their World Cup defence.

Influential second row Etzebeth was pressured off by a shoulder harm towards Scotland final Sunday however has made a swift restoration.

“He reacted nicely final week along with his return to coaching, so sure he will probably be in rivalry for this week,” forwards coach Deon Davids stated of the 31-year-old.

Eire, in the meantime, have additionally received their opening two Pool B video games, securing emphatic victories over Romania and Tonga.



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