Pollard to run with the Bulls

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:48
Large pollard 630

The Blue Bulls have won the race to sign Baby Boks flyhalf Handrè Pollard after a two-year chase for his signature.

The Blue Bulls have won the race to sign Baby Boks flyhalf Handrè Pollard after a two-year chase for his signature.

Pollard became one of the hottest new properties in South African rugby following his superb performance in the Junior World Championships (JWC), helping to guide the Baby Boks to the title.

The 18-year-old Paarl Gymnasium scholar will join the Bulls at the end of the year, where he will link up with SA Under-20 teammates Jan Serfontein, William Small-Smith, Shaun Adendorff, Tony Jantjies, Jason Thomas, Marvin Orie, Abrie Griesel and Travis Ismaiel.

Pollard was one of the stand-out players for South Africa in the JWC, scoring 42 points which included keeping a cool head to kick 12 points in the final.

It was originally reported that there was a three-way race to sign the talented pivot with the Sharks and Western Province also challenging for his signature, but it is the Bulls who have added another star to their ranks.

Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan explained that the Bulls have been interested in the youngster for the last two years.

"We encouraged, through our scouting process, a possible move to the Blue Bulls after his school studies way back in 2010, when Handrè played in the Grant Khomo Week for Under-16 players," Van Graan said.

"What impressed us then was his cool head under pressure and the maturity of his general play and decision making. His performance during the JWC confirmed that potential and we are excited to have him in our structures later this year."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 27 March 2017
NWU-Pukke v UP-Tuks 14h45 Potchefstroom
Fort Hare v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Davidson Stadium
UWC v WSU 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v NMMU-Madibaz 16h30 Bloemfontein
Wits v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Johannesburg
Maties v UJ 17h00 Stellenbosch
Fri, 31 March 2017
Highlanders v Rebels 06h35 Dunedin
Sat, 01 April 2017
Blues v Force 04h15 Auckland
Chiefs v Bulls 06h35 Hamilton
Reds v Hurricanes 08h45 Suncorp Stadium
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h05 DHL Newlands
Zebre v Connacht 14h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Lions v Sharks 15h05 Ellis Park Stadium
Leinster v Wasps 15h15 Dublin
Munster v Toulouse 17h45 Limerick
Sun, 02 April 2017
Waratahs v Crusaders 06h05 Allianz Park
Saracens v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Toulon 15h15 Clermont-Ferrand
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland U20 3 3 0 0 13
New Zealand U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 7
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Australia U20 3 1 0 2 7
Italy U20 3 0 0 3 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina U20 3 3 0 0 13
South Africa U20 3 2 0 1 11
France U20 3 1 0 2 6
Japan U20 3 0 0 3 0