2023 World Cup – Handre Pollard called into South Africa squad to replace Malcolm Marx

The Springboks announced this Sunday afternoon that fly-half Handré Pollard was called up to reinforce the squad for the remainder of the World Cup. The former Montpellier player digitally replaces hooker Malcolm Marx, who suffered a serious knee injury this week.

Handre Pollard is back! The South African fly-half was called up by Jacques Nienaber this Sunday within the group of 33 South African players currently playing in the World Cup in France. It was the Springboks who announced this change, shortly after their second victory in the competition, against Romania (76-0). Pollard numerically replaces Malcolm Marx in the group, since the latter is out of the rest of the world championship after his cruciate knee ligament rupture, contracted in training this week.

DIY among hookers

Pollard’s arrival is a semi-surprise, since he has been part of the South African team for many years and was even the starting flyhalf for the 2019 world champions. However, he had suffered a knee injury in recent years. recent months and was ultimately not selected in the South African squad, just like Lukhanyo Am. Nienaber here takes the risk of continuing the competition with only two hookers: Bongi Mbonambi and Deon Fourie (yet third line of training), then that third row Marco van Staden could help out in the post.

The South African coach justified: “We are confident in the cover we have at hooker with Bongi Mbonambi and Deon Fourie. Marco van Staden has held this position since our training camps in February. So we chose to bring in Handre, who has been in our system for years and was a member of our team in 2019 when we won the World Cup.” South Africa will face Ireland next Saturday in one of the most anticipated matches of the competition.

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