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Leicester pull Handre Pollard out of Premiership semi-final

By Ian Cameron
Handre Pollard of Leicester Tigers looks on in the warm up prior to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at the StoneX Stadium on October 01, 2022 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers have been forced to pull Springbok star Handre Pollard out of the team for their Gallagher Premiership semi-final clash with Sale Sharks.

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The World Cup winner is an injury pull-up but it’s not clear what the extent of the issue is.

A statement reads: “Leicester Tigers have been forced into a late change to the matchday squad for today’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final against Sale Sharks.

“Handré Pollard is out through injury and has been replaced at fly-half by Jimmy Gopperth, who was originally named among the replacements.

“Charlie Atkinson comes into the side on the bench in place of Gopperth.

“The Leicester Tigers matchday squad is otherwise unchanged for the knockout fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium.”

Sale Sharks have lost just one of their last nine league matches against the Leicester Tigers, in October 2021 away from home. They are also on a three-match winning streak in the Premiership.

Tigers’ loss against Harlequins last weekend ended a six-match winning streak in the league.

NEW LEICESTER TIGERS LINE-UP:
15 Freddie Steward
14 Anthony Watson
13 Matt Scott
12 Dan Kelly
11 Harry Potter
10 Jimmy Gopperth
9 Ben Youngs
1 Tom West
2 Julián Montoya (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 George Martin
5 Cameron Henderson
6 Hanro Liebenberg
7 Tommy Reffell
8 Jasper Wiese

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16 Charlie Clare
17 James Cronin
18 Joe Heyes
19 Harry Wells
20 Olly Cracknell
21 Jack van Poortvliet
22 Charlie Atkinson
23 Guy Porter

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