Pollard to return to training next month

Pollard to return to training next month

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Pollard to return to training next month

Flyhalf Handré Pollard will join the rest of the Vodacom Bulls squad on 4 December for a pre-season camp in George and is expected to make a return to the playing field on 28 January 2017 when the Vodacom Bulls will face a South African Super Rugby opponent in Zimbabwe in their first match of the year.

Pollard missed the 2016 season due to knee and shoulder injuries, but he is amongst a host of players, including midfielder Jan Serfontein that has recovered well and will return to the squad at the training camp that will last till 16 December.

A big squad is currently training in Pretoria and Vodacom Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, will cut the numbers before they travel to George for the camp.

The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed on Friday that Irne Herbst and Dayan van der Westhuizen will be on loan to the Southern Kings for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

"This is a great opportunity for them to play Super Rugby and continue their development and progress as players," BBC's High Performance manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg said.

"We realise the importance of depth if you want to win a Super Rugby title, but it is also in the best interest of South African rugby and the players to have them on the field and playing, so we have no problem with them playing at the Kings in 2017."

A large number of junior players are currently with the squad and according to Janse van Rensburg, this is done on purpose.

"We have been bringing in juniors to train with the senior squad since 2011 and it works well for us. We will expose our Under-19 recruits like Hanru Sirgel, Kwezi Mafu, JC Pretorius, Jerome Bossr, Christiaan Strydom and Cabous Eloff to the senior group. We deem it important to create opportunities for youngster to be exposed to senior and Super Rugby training sessions and players. In order for us to fast-track them and make the gap smaller, they need to measure themselves against the top players and we believe its integral part of their growth and development as a player. We will be constantly doing this with all the junior players," Janse van Rensburg confirmed.

Western Province Under-21 wing, Sibahle “Rabs” Maxwane and Junior Springbok and Free State Under-21 prop Conraad van Vuuren, has also joined the Blue Bulls, he confirmed.

The provisional warm-up fixtures for 2017 are:

28 January: South African Super Rugby opponent (Zimbabwe)

8 February: Chiefs (Brisbane)

10/11 February: Brisbane 10's.

The extended Vodacom Bulls training squad is:

Utility backs: Duncan Matthews, Divan Rossouw, Manie Libbok, Jesse Kriel, Earll Dowrie.

Fullbacks: Warrick Gelant, Ulrich Beyers

Wings: Luther Obi, Kafentse Mahlo, Irvin Ali, Andell Loubser, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling, Travis Ismaiel, Sibahle “Rabs” Maxwane.

Centres: Dries Swanepoel, Johnny Kotze, Jan Serfontein, Franco Naude, Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Boeta Hamman.

Flyhalves: Francois Brummer, Tony Jantjies, Joshua Stander, Tian Schoeman, Handré Pollard.

Scrumhalves: Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Embrose Papier, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl.

Loose Forwards: Renaldo Bothma, Hanro Liebenberg, Freddy Ngoza, Arno Botha, Nic de Jager, Abongile Nonkontwana, Ryno Pieterse, Jannes Kirsten, Ruan Steenkamp, Shaun Adendorff, Roelof Smit, Jacques Potgieter, Eduan Lubbe, Marco van Staden.

Lock: Eli Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, Ruben van Heerden, RG Snyman.

Props: Jacobie Adriaanse, Conraad van Vuuren, John-Roy Jenkinson, Martin Dreyer, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Gerhard Steenekamp, Lizo Gqoboka, Nqoba Mxoli.

Hookers: Jaco Visagie, Edgar Marutlulle, Corniel Els, Adriaan Strauss, Alandre van Rooyen.

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(10) Pollard to return to training next month

  1. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Nou ua, secret ons laas gesels het was die Cheetahs kampioene en almal in sak en as.

    Baie bly im te sien Pollie is weer op pad terug.

    Ek mis die naam van Bandise Maku. Hy is nie onder die hakers nie.

    Dan, die groot blaps van die SA afrigters - nie,and weet waar hulle Jesse Kriel wil speel nie. Jesse word as utility back genoem. Ek vermoed 2017 gaan sy laaste seisoen wees in Suid-Afrika. Net soos Frans Steyn en Johan Goossen kan ons coaches nie besluit waar hul spelers moet speel nie en die outjies ontwikkel jie regtig nie. Jesse speel ver onder sy potensiaal. As hulle hom toeglaat het om te groei as heelagter en aan sy foute te werk, was hy na 2 jaar top heelagter.
  2. gravatar charl says:
    Waar is basson ? Maku ?
  3. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Bokke se wiele val nou vinnig af.

    SARU se gemors wat hulle nie kon opruim nie, steek nou sy lelike kop uit. Sonder Rassie en Nienaber lyk die bokke planloos op beide aanval en verdediging.

    En dan is WP rugby diep in die gemors. tweede Franchise in 3 jaar wat op algehele bankrotskap afstuur.
  4. gravatar RON says:
    Ek weet van Bandise Maku wat uitgetree het, maar niks van Basson nie.
  5. gravatar Blouland says:
    Dit gaan moeilik gaan teen NZ spanne.

    Kort meer as een goeie losskakel om superbeker te wen, hoop Pollard hou.

    Nie goeie nuus dat Roelof uit is vir super seisoen nie, gaan hom kwaai mis.

    Onthou Nollis, ball skills en fiksheid oor en oor, los die gym uit, manne dra klaar genoeg waatlemoene met hulle saam !

    Sterkte Bulle.
  6. gravatar Jacques says:
    Roloef se besering is nou 'n groot jammerte. Bulle kort nou 'n spesialis op 6.
  7. gravatar Bulperd says:
    Stegman retired?
  8. Jacques...Shaun Adendorff en Ruan Steenkap is ook kandidate vir no.6
  9. gravatar Bulperd says:
    Heelagter: Gelank/Jessi
    Vleuels: Ism aiel/Elengo
    Senter: Jan en Jonny Kotze/Dries
    Loskakel: Pollard
    Skummie: Piet
    Vaskop: Adriaanse
    Loskop:Lizo Gqoboka
    Haker: Strauss
    Slootte: RG en Lood
    Flanke: Potgieter en Roloaf smit Agsteman: Botma Kan julle n sterker span kies?
  10. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    Rabs Mxwale, WP u21 winger, was anounced as their best u21 backline player of 2016.

    I hope that Ivan van Zyl and Ppaier can come through next season. we really need a much better nr. 9 there. One of the reasons why we struggled this year was because our 9's did not consistently performed well enough. Piet's handling and passing was at times terrible while Page was far too slow.

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