Keep Pollard in “cotton-wool” until we get to Japan

This is the view of Rob Houwing, chier writer for sport 24. Houwing asserts:

Wrap Handre Pollard in cotton wool: you’d need quite a lot of it to envelope the sturdily-built individual, but that seems an essential policy by the Springboks now.

That means no involvement for the consistently assertive, confident flyhalf in Saturday’s non-Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Loftus, the buoyant new title-holders’ last date before they head to Japan to prepare for RWC 2019”


The Springboks will have one more “warm-up” match for against Japan in Saitama on September 6 … 15 days before the big pool showdown with Webb Ellis Cup-holders New Zealand at Yokohama on September 21.

There seems little point in exposing someone like Pollard, who has just played successive Tests on different continents, to the risk of any mishap in the immediate follow-up clash with the Pumas.

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Pollard is at the prime of his career at 25 but it all almost ended with an injury not long ago…



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