Pollard Joins Springbok World Cup Camp in Paris as Injury Replacement for Marx, Faces Training Hurdle

Handre Pollard, the South African rugby player, has been summoned to the Springbok World Cup camp in Paris as a replacement for the injured Malcolm Marx.

However, South Africa’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has emphasized that Pollard will not immediately step into the selection mix.

Instead, Pollard is required to catch up with the team’s training sessions before he can be considered for playing time.

Erasmus clarified this situation, stating, “Handre has joined us, but he won’t come into the selection mix immediately unless we have injuries.

“He only returned to playing last Friday, and we must first get him up to speed with the training sessions and then we’ll get him back in the mix.”

Etzebeth’s Surprising Recovery

On the other hand, Eben Etzebeth has made a remarkably swift recovery from his injury.

He has already completed two full training sessions in Bordeaux, where the Springboks were preparing to face Romania.

Mzwandile Stick, a key figure, noted during a press conference, “He will be able to play again in about four or five days.

“He surprised us.

“He trained hard in the gym yesterday.”

This development implies that Etzebeth is likely to be available to face Ireland, with Franco Mostert expected to partner him in the second row.

Preparations and Journey Ahead

The Springboks are now set to transition from Bordeaux to Paris, commencing their preparations for the upcoming round-three Rugby World Cup clash against Ireland, scheduled for Saturday.

This move marks the next step in their journey, as they aim to put their best foot forward in this prestigious tournament.

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