Handre Pollard injury update
The Springboks have been given a pertinent update on flyhalf Handre Pollard injury after his club, the Leicester Tigers, disclosed the prognosis of his injury.
The Springboks’ No 1 flyhalf was forced to with withdraw from the Leicester Tigers’ English Premiership semi-final against the Sale Sharks on last Sunday.
The good news is that Pollard is not expected to be out long-term, the Tigers revealed.
The Boks will begin their preparations for the Rugby Championship at a training camp in Pretoria from Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 30, with the team slotting into match mode the following week for their opening match against Australia at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, July 8.
Jacques Nienaber’s charges will then depart for New Zealand for their second Test of the condensed version of the competition against the All Blacks at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland (July 15), before returning to South Africa for their closing match against Argentina in Johannesburg ( July 29).
The Springboks will play three World Cup warm-up matches: against Argentina in Buenos Aires (Saturday, August 5), Wales in Cardiff (Saturday, August 19) and New Zealand in London (Friday, August 25) respectively.
They will then make their way to France for the international extravaganza where they face Scotland in Marseille (Sunday, September 10), Romania in Bordeaux (Sunday, September 17), Ireland in Paris (Saturday, September 23) and Tonga in Marseille (Sunday, October 1) during the pool stages.