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Pollard relishing squaring off against British and Irish Lions

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Handré Pollard in a green shirt © Provided by The South African

Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard is looking forward to the British and Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa.

As was the case the last two occasions the Lions toured these shores, the men in green and gold are again world champions, and will want to assert their dominance on the global game by claiming the scalp of the northern hemisphere’s elite.

Handre Pollard shifts focus to British and Irish Lions tour

Pollard, who topped the points-scoring charts in Japan, says the Boks have long shifted their focus to clinching another slice of history.

“It was probably the first thing we spoke amongst each other after we won the Rugby World Cup,” Pollard told the official SA Rugby website.

“We said to each other, ‘listen the Lions are coming next year and it’s going to be awesome!’ It’s a childhood dream of mine to play for the Springboks in a Lions series.

“I was 15 when Morné Steyn kicked over that penalty at Loftus to clinch the 2009 series. At that time, I was just a young boy wanting to play the game and dreaming of playing for the Springboks one day – it is the kind of stuff that just stuck in your head and it has never gone away.”

Handre Pollard

A dream come true

Pollard began a new chapter soon after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as he joined Montpellier in the French Top 14.

His first season in Europe was, however, brought to a standstill due to the current global pandemic which has halted most sports competitions.

The former Bulls pivot says he is itching to get back on the field and realise what would be “a dream come true”.

“Hopefully, things will return to normal soon, and then I think the build up to the much-anticipated Lions series will be epic.”

Handre Pollard

The Lions were victorious on their first post-isolation visit to South Africa in 1997, winning the three-match Test series 2-1. In 2009, it was the Springboks’ turn to emerge victorious, as they won the first two matches before defeat in the dead-rubber match at Ellis Park.

The Lions tour is expected to kick off between July and August 2021.

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