Springboks
for subscribers

Bok poser: Seek another Pollard... or tweak playing style?

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Handre Pollard (Getty Images)
Handre Pollard (Getty Images)

Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber, yet to oversee a Test match after almost eight months in the post, faces a dilemma of considerable magnitude over how to shape his plans in the critical flyhalf berth for the short to medium term.

That need happened very suddenly and cruelly when Handre Pollard, long-time premier occupant of the jersey and essential to the world champions' recent playing formula, tore a dreaded anterior cruciate ligament in a knee while playing for Montpellier a few days ago.

The inevitable confirmation by the French outfit that he will be out for "many months" would have given additional cause for concern to long-time Pollard-watchers, mindful of how noticeably long it took the strongly-built pivot to get his fullest mojo back after a very similar setback in February 2016.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 7578 votes
Cricket
11% - 1922 votes
Football
19% - 3465 votes
Athletics
2% - 445 votes
Boxing
1% - 161 votes
Cycling
2% - 430 votes
Golf
5% - 888 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1496 votes
Tennis
3% - 596 votes
Water sports
1% - 163 votes
American sports
1% - 210 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 556 votes
Vote