Meyer thinks Pollard is the real deal

Heyneke Meyer has included Pollard for the fixture against Scotland

Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer is confident that rising star Handré Pollard has what it takes to make the step up to international rugby.

Eight days after leading the Junior Boks to the final of the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, Pollard will win his first cap for the Boks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth against Scotland on Sunday.

“It is a big, big ask of him,” Meyer admitted.

” We did sit down and discuss it with him, and I thought long and hard about this.  He has played a lot of rugby lately and has just flown back into the country.  But I always believe that my 10 must show they way, he is the general and he must take charge. I don’t think there is a better test match than this to put him in and let him play.

” I wouldn’t have put him in there if  I didn’t think he was up to it.  He has always excelled. I’ve always believed that great 10’s and the great players are the same— the more pressure they get the more they excel. I believe Handré is a player like that, I know him quite well and I know his attributes as a leader.

” I have a lot of confidence in him, he adapted well at training.  He has Jan (Serfontein) on his inside as well, who is 21 years old, and Fourie on his inside—the best scrumhalf in the world, and I want to see what he can add with Fourie at 9.”

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