Bulls lose Handre Pollard to France but welcome back Morne Steyn

Super Rugby
by AFP

South Africa fly half Handre Pollard will join  French club Montpellier after the Rugby World Cup.

But the Bulls have announced they’ll welcome back another Boks goalkicking wizard, with South Africa's most capped fly-half Morne Steyn  will leave French club Stade Francais at the end of the season and return to Pretoria.

Pollard, 25, has featured 39 times scoring 339 points for the Springboks  since his debut in 2014 and will head to France after the competition ends in  November.

The 2014 World Junior player of the year has spent six years at the Pretoria-based franchise since arriving straight from school.

The outside half will move to Montpellier under a new head coach as former  France international Xavier Garbajosa was appointed to the position earlier  this week with current boss Vern Cotter named the club's director of rugby.

"He has been an outstanding asset, not only to the teams he played for, but also our supporters, to whom he endeared himself from early on with his attitude towards the Bulls," the Bulls' CEO Alfons Meyer said on the side's website.

Pollard will be replaced by former Bulls stand-off Steyn who is returning to Loftus Versfield after six years in France with Stade Francais.

Steyn, who won the last of his 66 Springboks caps in October 2016 joined  the Parisian club after nine seasons in Pretoria where he lifted the Super 

Rugby title on three occasions.

He won the Top 14 in 2015 and the European Challenge Cup two years later during 124 matches in the French capital.

"He knows the culture and passion of the Vodacom Bulls as well as any one and will no doubt contribute massively, not only on the field, but also off it," Meyer said on the side's website.

Experienced duo Schalk Brits and Lood de Jager will both depart the Bulls alongside Pollard at the end of the campaign.