Leicester podcast reveals why Handre Pollard chose Tigers above lucrative Japan offer

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Handre Pollard in Montpellier colours.
Handre Pollard in Montpellier colours.
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Handre Pollard's imminent move to Leicester Tigers is believed to be due to the English club's vision for the future.

According to numerous European reports, including one on the Rolling Maul podcast, Pollard's move Leicester is a done deal and expected to be finalised this week. 

The 27-year-old World Cup winner has plied his trade at French outfit Montpellier since 2019, but his contract there is due to expire at the end of the season. 

It is reported that Pollard's Leicester deal could see him bank a salary of around £600 000 (R12.7 million), which is less than what he would have earned had he accepted a lucrative move in Japan.

There were also reports last month that the Durban-based Sharks had been interested in landing Pollard's signature, but Welford Road now appears his next destination.

Elliot Butlin, who is the co-producer of the Leicester fans' Rolling Maul Podcast, explained the reasons behind Pollard's decision to join the Tigers.

"If the rumours are to be believed, we (Leicester) are signing Pollard on Wednesday or Thursday this week," Butlin said.

"Salary for about £600k, which is considerably less than what Japan was offering, which was £1m, so he's coming not for the money but for the project.

"Apparently the presentation that was given to him by Steve (Borthwick, Leicester head coach) and the club is was what sold it to him, he was really impressed by what we were saying and he's buying into the project and the journey, so to speak, we are embarking on."

Pollard has played 58 Tests for the Boks since making his debut in 2014.

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