Richard Ferguson

Pollard drafted into A squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :France Series 2017, Other SA Teams, Springboks on 13 Jun 2017 at 15:20
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Handre Pollard has been called up to the SA A squad as replacement for Francois Venter being called up to the Springbok team.

Venter was initially in the A team, but was called up as a result of the injury to Damian de Allende, who misses out completely.

Pollard saw some Supersport Rugby Challenge action over the weekend and will come into the frame for selection for the second SA A match against the French Barbarians in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the French Barbarian team has been announced that will face the SA A team on Friday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, with long time Sharks stalwart Freddie Michalak leading the team. Another Shark, Clement Poitrenaud, has been included on the bench.

French Barbarians:
1.Vartanov, 2. Bonfils, 3. Hamadache, 4. Flanquart, 5. Mela, 6. Jelonch, 7. Cancoriet, 8. Tauleigne, 9. Lesgourges, 10. Michalak (Capt), 11. Bonneval, 12. Dubie, 13. Danty, 14. Lacroix, 15. Dupichot

Reserves: 16. Etrillard, 17. Ric, 18. Raynaud, 19. Lambey, 20. Sazy, 21. Pejoine, 22. Belleau, 23. Poitrenaud


  • Which players are typically selected for the French Barbarians?

    Percieved has-beens and youngsters?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.17 15:35:57 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : And people contacted to us so they can get hurt and spend lots of time in our club med medical facilities at our expense.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.17 15:49:11 by coolfusion Reply
  • That side looks like someone approached a bunch of guys at the pub one night and asked if they keen to tour Africa and maybe get in a game or two. One or two decent but the rest definitely in it for the holiday

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.17 16:10:09 by SheldonK Reply
  • Sorry to say but how is Pollard drafted into the group and not AndrĂ©?!?!?!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.17 20:22:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : Exactly, a whats App between Andre and myself a few days ago where i said hopefully soon you will gets a call for higher honors, his reply was to the effect “I am done hoping for something that will not happen”

    Then we wonder why players in this country give up and rather leave our shores.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.17 20:52:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : Ja sad indeed so think he will also opt to go North as soon as a decent offer is received!
    Btw tell him the “big oom” from Bloemfontein sent his regards!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.17 21:07:17 by JD Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : Come on, Andre. Hang in there…don’t give up this soon…
    I still reckon if he hadn’t got his suspension he would have been in the mix…

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.17 21:23:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.17 23:18:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 7) : Not so sure mate, the proof is clear to see he is not. very sad and wrong though, he is a genuine 12 and Pollard a 10 yet you see the call up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.17 23:19:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : Sadly AE really shot himself in the foot with his red card.

    Supposedly (and according to some or other press release) he was not considered for the Bok team due to his suspension?

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.06.17 09:34:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : As an aside I still believe Pollard would make a better 12 than 10.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.06.17 09:36:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : Agreed and Nkosi a better 13 than wing

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.06.17 09:40:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 12) : He probably could make a fine 13, has a hunger and high work rate, but with Am playing as well as he is, I am happy keeping him on the wing. We have Ward that can play 13 as well, but we need 2 wings that really want to score and defend, which I believe we have in him and Kobus.
    On a side note, anyone have news on Lambie? Not sure if I missed the report on how his rehab is going.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.06.17 09:51:01 by HeinF Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : I am of the same opinion problem is one should test at lower levels and not at Bok level.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.06.17 10:35:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 13) : Lambie coming along nicely and probably could play but glad they are not pushing him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.06.17 10:36:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : Good news! No need to push him, but will be nice to see him back on the field after the break.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.06.17 10:38:32 by HeinF Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : [email protected]HeinF (Comment 16) : could play from the bench with April starting and I’m sure Pat is use to playing from the bench so he should be fine with it!!! đŸ˜ˆ

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.06.17 11:03:16 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 13) : With Lambie, who knows?

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.06.17 11:11:38 by jdolivier Reply


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