Schoolboy flyhalf Handré Pollard has been selected out of the blue to replace the injured Johan Goosen in Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 squad. The 18-year-old from Paarl Gimnasium will play in the upcoming IRB Junior World Championship in the Cape next month, despite still being a matric pupil.
It’s a blow to Sharks XV pivot Fred Zeilinga; the former Glenwood star has also been on trial with the side on and off for the last few weeks, but with Heyneke Meyer apparently playing a role in the decision, the Bulls-bound Pollard has won the nod despite Zeilinga also impressing the coach with his play.
Speaking to Sport24, Theron confirmed that Pollard’s physicality played a big role in the decision, saying “I was very open with Fred, because I think he’s also an outstanding player, but Handré weighs 96 kg and is 1.9 m tall.”
Tony Jantjies – also of the Bulls (hell, who isn’t?) – is expected to be first-choice flyhalf for the Baby Boks at the tournament, with Pollard his understudy.Tweet