Handre Pollard: South Africa fly-half a doubt for British & Irish Lions tour due to ACL injury

South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard faces “several months” on the sidelines and could miss the British and Irish Lions tour after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments while playing for French Top 14 side Montpellier on Friday.

The 2019 World Cup winner was carried off the field on a stretcher during the 41-17 loss to Racing 92 and scans have now revealed the severity of the injury.

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“The club confirms the absence for several months of Handre Pollard, victim of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments. We wish him a quick recovery,” Montpellier said in a statement on Monday.

It rules the first-choice Bok fly-half out of the Rugby Championship that is scheduled to be played in Australia in December, and casts doubt over his involvement in the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa that starts next July.

Pollard’s control at fly-half is key to the Boks’ game-plan but his injury will provide his deputy in the team, Elton Jantjies, a chance to stake a claim for the number 10 jersey against the Lions.

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