South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard not in line to face Ireland - Rassie Erasmus

Handre Pollard was recalled to the South African squad in the place of Malcolm Marx
Handre Pollard was recalled to the South African squad in the place of Malcolm Marx
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South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said fly-half Handre Pollard will not be in contention for the upcoming Rugby World Cup game at Stade de France on Saturday.

Pollard was not part of the initial quad due to a calf problem but was recalled as a replacement for injured Malcolm Marx.

Looking at South Africa's recent form on rugby live scores they are building up to a huge clash this weekend against Pool B leaders Ireland to determine who will escape as front runners likely to face either New Zealand or France in the quarter-finals.

Pollard was part of South Africa's 2019 World Cup winning side but Erasmus said unless there are injury concerns, Pollard is not likely to feature in the upcoming encounter. Nevertheless, the Boks are expecting lock Eben Etzebeth to be fit for the game against Andy Farrell's men.

“He will definitely not be selected for this, apart from if we get two or three injuries," said Erasmus.

“He’s only just joined us today, he’s just played his first minutes in 14, 15 weeks for Leicester on Friday.

“That was basically the initial reason why we couldn’t bring him to the World Cup.

“It’s good to have him here and now he must get up to speed with our intensity of training sessions, get through our training sessions and slot in nicely.

“We’ve only played two games in this World Cup so I’m pretty sure somewhere we will press on his button and use him but not this weekend.”

With two wins from as many games, South Africa are at second place in Pool B with nine points while Ireland hold the top position with 10 points.