Handre_Pollard_Bulls_SR_training_2014_Lee_Warren_Gallo_Images_620_395_s_c1_top_topNot too long ago we heard that Western Province and Stormers star Damien De Allende got injured while playing in Japan, and news broke this week that another Springbok youngster is also on the side-line.

Bulls and Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard is now likely also going to miss the start of the Super Rugby season after returning from his short stint in Japan. The Springbok sustained the problem while playing for Japanese club NTT Doccomo, and now it is a waiting game for Bulls coach Nollis to see how serious the injury is.

The fact remains that players and coaches are complaining time and time again of the amount of rugby they play during the year, especially the top players in your country, but then clubs and unions allow players like De Allende and Pollard to go after a World Cup and play in Japan. Surely our unions and SARU needs to start looking after our young top players as the norm these days are burnout players.

Clearly Nollis are a worried man at this stage, “Handré is a bit of a concern at the moment, we will have a discussion with his specialist and see what the route forward is,” he told Supersport. We need to decide how serious it is – is it only a two week rehab or is it more serious. I’m waiting for Thys de Beer to give me a call regarding the shoulder.”

He added on his back-up options: “It is a major concern for us, but luckily we brought in Francois Brummer last year because I knew if something like this happens, we will have a bit of a problem. “Tiaan (Schoeman) is also coming back from injury, he will be on the field next week. He had that meniscus injury so it just basically a last week of rehab that is left before he can play again.”

The Bulls begin their Super Rugby campaign on Saturday, February 27 against the Stormers at Newlands


  1. It’s no secret that I’m a huge supporter of Handy Pollard.
    I hope he takes months to heal to make sure he’s ready for the rugby championship.
    If ZeeBulls rush him back before that time it’s just – further proof – as to their selfish ways.

    I bet its just an ac joint thing that may very well take a couple weeks….but lets not take any chances – right Nollis?

  2. Players dictate…bottom line….then come home to earn huge bucks and rest in time for their next overseas stints….I have compassion fatigue for the SA players, bunch of prima donnas….dictate who they want as coaches,dictate game plans… etc….amateurs but want the huge bucks….

  3. I dont see how players playing all year has any benefit to the unions other than maintaining the players (limited) service.

    Injuries are part and parcel of the game, but something has to break eventually or some regulations has to be introduced as this model of playing all year is completely unsustainable…

    Scary thing is that rugby is dwindling imo so unions will only find it tougher. First the smaller unions will become a nuisance rather than a benefit (after school when players flock to cities)… Players are already on the next step (europe, japan etc)

    Even new zealand? Reggie goodes had a storming year for the canes and an affies old boy… Could be an all black one day.

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