Pollard back in selection mix for Bulls

Handre Pollard. Photo: Getty Images
Handre Pollard. Photo: Getty Images
The Bulls will welcome back their key playmaker for the match against the Highlanders on Friday night in what they hope will be the ultimate smash-and-grab raid.

The Bulls are coming to the end of a four-week tour of Australia and New Zealand during which they have won one game, lost another and drawn 22-22 with the Blues in Auckland last week.

The side has lost two players from the Blues encounter.

Loose forward Paul Schoeman left the field in the first half of the match at Eden Park with a knee injury. He has flown back to South Africa where he will undergo scans to assess the extent of the damage.

Wing Rosko Specman has also returned to South Africa after scans confirmed that he has a grade two hamstring tear.

Fullback Warrick Gelant has a hamstring niggle but has not returned to South Africa. A decision on his availability will be made in the next couple of days.

With the departures, two players have flown to join the side.

Lock Eli Snyman has joined the team while first five-eighth Handre Pollard will also be part of the selection mix this week.

Pollard, who has played 38 tests for the Springboks, left the team early in its tour after suffering a calf injury and was not expected to return.

But with much to play for in the match this weekend, Pollard has been whistled over from the republic.

The team is based in Queenstown this week and will not travel to Dunedin until late tomorrow.

It will have a run at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night before playing the game on Friday night.

Less than an hour after the game is played, the team will get on a bus and head for Christchurch. The side will then fly out from Christchurch at 6am on Saturday, starting the long trip back to South Africa.

By not staying in Dunedin on Friday night it will get back to Pretoria a day earlier than usual.

The Bulls are right in the playoff hunt in seventh, and finish the regular season with a match against the Lions in Pretoria on June 16.

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