Springbok FlyHalf Handre Pollard set to join Leicester Tigers

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Springbok and Montpellier flyhalf Handre Pollard has reportedly rejected a big-money offer from Japan, in favour of signing with the English Premiership Leicester Tigers to replace departing England Fly Half George Ford.

Pollard’s contract with Montpellier will expire at the end of the current Top 14 season and talks from France suggest there will not be an extension, due to rumoured frustrations by his lack playing time due to injuries and Test commitments.

Pollard was a 2019 World Cup winner, during the game Pollard put in a personal man-of-the-match performance with a haul of 22 points in the World Cup final victory over England.

Although there has been competition for the signature of Pollard reports in England suggest that the Tigers have won the race for his signature and could unveil him as a new signing this week.

If the rumors are true Pollard will be expected to fill the role left by the England playmaker George Ford, who will leave Leicester to join Premiership rivals Sale Sharks next season.

It has been said that Pollard has accepted a contract worth £600k per season, which is considerably less than the £1m he was rumoured to have turned down from Japan. The contract is believed to be for two years with an option of a third.

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