Season over for Pollard

Date published: February 9 2016

The Bulls have been hit by a massive setback with the news that Springbok fly-half Handré Pollard has been ruled out of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The 21-year-old is also set to miss South Africa's three-match June Test series against Ireland following a freak accident in training in which he tore cruciate knee ligaments.

He is expected to be sidelined for six to nine months. 

The Bulls playmaker, who had just started his recovery after a shoulder strain, suffered the injury during a simple passing exercise that didn't involve any contact with his team-mates.

"It was bad luck, nothing more," Bulls coach Nollis Marais told Supersport.

"We were doing a normal drill with passing and he had just began to make contact with the tackle bags in his recovery yesterday as part of his rehab. We did a non-contact session and he was looking like his old self, cutting the line and looking like a Springbok again.

"Then all of a sudden, with nobody within five metres of him, he pulled up. We hoped it wasn't worse, but it is really devastating news."

Pollard's injury comes as a huge blow to the Bulls, who are already set to begin the season without loose forwards Deon Stegmann and Lappies Labuschagne.

The news is also a concern at national level with Sharks fly-half Pat Lambie recently ruled out for 10 weeks.