Not 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