Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard has been ruled out for the entire Super Rugby season in 2016 due to an injury he sustained in training.
Springbok fly-half Pollard tore cruciate knee ligaments during a training session at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday and he is only expected back in around October.
Pollard played rugby in Japan in the off-season and arrived back at the Bulls with a shoulder injury that he was just recovering from.
Bulls coach Nollis Marais said that Pollard had returned to training and had begun light, non-contact, training when he sustained the injury.
Marais said that Pollard was going through a passing drill when he sustained the injury and subsequent scans have revealed that the player will be ruled out of action between six and nine months.
“Handre was easing back into training, his first phase of final rehab before being cleared to play and was busy with a passing drill when he injured himself. ”
“This is pretty devastating for all of us, as Handre was a key player for us. We are fortunate to have two very capable flyhalves still in our squad in Tian Schoeman and Francois Brummer. ”
“They now get the opportunity to showcase their skills and I am confident that we can still achieve our goals for the season.”
Marais also confirmed that Lappies Labuschagne injured his ankle on Wednesday and will be in a race to be fit for the opening Super Rugby clash against the Stormers on 27 February.
“As things stand, he will not be able to train for at least two weeks,” Marais said.
“We hope to have him back on the field for the opening match, but will be guided by our medical staff in that respect.