Pollard ‘huge loss’ for Bokke


The legendary All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter believes it is “a huge loss” for the Springboks that flyhalf HandrĂ© Pollard cannot participate in this year’s World Cup rugby tournament.

A few days before the kick-off of the 2023 World Cup rugby tournament, Carter announced which fly-half he thinks are the best in the world.

Pollard is almost at the top of this list, and Carter says it is a pity that he will not be seen in the green and gold in France this year.

“You know he would have played an important role in the play-offs and he would have learned so much from the 2019 World Cup rugby tournament (which the Boks won). So it’s a big, big loss.”

Pollard was not selected for the team this year due to a calf injury, but can be called up by the Springboks if one of the kickers suffers an injury. However, it is unlikely that he will run for the Boks.

Carter believes that the French player Romain Ntamack will also leave a big void this year, after he suffered an injury during one of France’s warm-up matches. “Ntamack is in excellent form and his combination with Antoine Dupont is really excellent. Such a serious injury in the run-up to the World Cup is really sad.”

Another flyhalf that Carter believes is world-class is Ireland’s Johnny Sexton, who he believes will play a key role in Ireland’s success. Sexton may not have played in Ireland’s three warm-up matches, after he got involved in a heated exchange with a referee during a previous match.

“His ability to control and influence the game has a huge influence on Ireland’s ability to win and is the main reason why they have been so successful in recent years.”

He is also a big fan of the current All Black flyhalf Richie Mo’unga and expects him to excel if he receives good passing balls from his teammates. “Then he can really tear any team apart at any time.”

Sources: Planet Rugby and SportsJOE.