Bulls to rest Pollard for Super Rugby start

Handre Pollard is in doubt for the Bulls

The Bulls have confirmed that Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard could miss the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season due to a shoulder strain.

Pretoria Super Rugby franchise the Bulls have released a statement saying that Pollard picked up a knock in the Rugby World Cup tournament while playing for the Springboks against Scotland and it was later diagnosed as cartilage damage.

According to the statement Pollard had recovered from the injury but while he was playing club rugby in Japan the injury flared up again.

BBC High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg said that following a a consultation with a shoulder specialist it has been determined that Pollard needs rest and rehabilitation.

“Handré will undergo a very thorough rehabilitation programme to improve the mobility and strength of the shoulder,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“We will then have another look in four weeks. If it becomes clear in this time that the shoulder is not responding to treatment, we will discuss the options of surgery.”

“We are confident though that the decision to rehabilitate the shoulder for now will be the best one and this will hopefully ensure Handre be fit and ready for the 2016 Super Rugby competition.”

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