Pollard wins top junior award

2014-06-20 12:05

Auckland - Junior Springbok captain Handré Pollard has been named the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014 following his side’s 21-20 defeat to England in the IRB Junior World Championship final at Eden Park on Friday.

As it happened: England v Baby Boks

Pollard is the second South African to win the Award after Jan Serfontein, his team-mate when the Junior Springboks won the Junior World Championship title on home soil in 2012.

The 20-year-old edged out England wing Nathan Earle, Ireland centre Garry Ringrose and New Zealand wing Tevita Li following a comprehensive voting system.

IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset said: “It is always a difficult task to select a winner, especially when all the candidates have performed so impressively during a spectacular Junior World Championship, but Handré Pollard is a deserved recipient of the prestigious IRB Junior Player of the Year award.”

“His superb marshalling at flyhalf has been an eye-catching feature of the Junior Boks’ passage to the final and Pollard has performed throughout with great poise, control and adventure. I would like to extend my congratulations to him.”

“While accolades are well deserved, it is the on and off-field character-building experiences that will pave the way for all the talented young players at this tournament to grow into great rugby players. I wish the class of 2014 all the best and thank them for the pleasure and inspiration that they have given to fans around the world.”

Pollard dedicated his award to his team-mates: “Absolutely, it is a big honour for me and all the credit goes to my team-mates.  I think you can’t do anything in rugby without your team-mates and that’s the beauty of it, it’s such a team sport and these group of guys we were so amazing. We fought for the jersey and we fought for pride and that’s what rugby is about for me,” said Pollard.

The fly half was outstanding throughout the tournament, leading South Africa’s challenge with a great maturity and inspired others to follow his example, setting up or scoring pivotal scores to turn a match in his side’s favour.

Previous winners:

2013 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: Sam Davies (Wales)
2012 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: Jan Serfontein (South Africa)
2011 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: George Ford (England)
2010 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand)
2009 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: Aaron Cruden (New Zealand)
2008 – IRB Junior Player of the Year: Luke Braid (New Zealand)
2007 – IRB International Under-19 Player of the Year: Robert Fruean (New Zealand)
2006 – IRB International Under-19 Player of the Year: Josh Holmes (Australia)
2006 – IRB International Under-21 Player of the Year: Lionel Beauxis (France)
2005 – IRB International Under-19 Player of the Year: Isaia Toeava (New Zealand)
2005 – IRB International Under-21 Player of the Year: Tatafua Polota-Nau (Australia)
2004 – IRB International Under-19 Player of the Year: Jeremy Thrush (New Zealand)
2004 – IRB International Under-21 Player of the Year: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)
2003 – IRB Under-19 Player of the Year: Jean Baptiste Payras (France)
2003 – IRB Under-21 Player of the Year: Ben Atiga (New Zealand)
2002 – IRB Under-19 Player of the Year: Luke McAlister (New Zealand)
2002 – IRB Under-21 Player of the Year: Pat Barnard (South Africa)
2001 – IRB Young Player of the Year: Gavin Henson (Wales)

Handré Pollard receives his IRB Junior Player of the Year award from All Black legend Jonah Lomu... - IRB Juniors


  • Lionel Kemm - 2014-06-20 12:08

    Congrats young man.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:26

      Joma Loma's shoes are a disgrace.

  • Genio Deporte - 2014-06-20 12:10

    Congratulations well deserved. Had a great tournament and has been a good servant to the junior Boks for three tournaments now. Seems to have a great Green&Gold future written all over him.

      Tyrone Woods - 2014-06-20 12:58

      Being a blou bul means he's got a quota position written all over him

      Smurwe - 2014-06-20 13:28

      Tyrone. Think you have a Blou Bul up you behind. Hence your obsession with them

      Genio Deporte - 2014-06-20 14:11

      Tyrone, perhaps you should start supporting the Bulls? They are all you ever talk about and you are clearly overly obsessed with them. Why not just support them and get it over with?

      donavan.boshoff - 2014-06-20 14:15

      We don't need his kind at the Sharks the Bulls are welcome to have him.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:27

      Yeah the sharks prefer the ultimate choker patrick no bmt shampoodle lambie

  • paul.hansmeyer.7 - 2014-06-20 12:18

    Well done Handre, you were fantastic.....

  • DeWet Swart - 2014-06-20 12:19

    Great young man. Keep it up and keep your feet on the ground and you can become one of the great ones.

      donavan.boshoff - 2014-06-20 12:23

      Well said.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:31

      Well better than keeping your feet in the air. Then you would be a prostitute. They always have their feet in the air

  • Arsène Lupin - 2014-06-20 12:24

    Still the ignorant says he's overrated.

      Tyrone Woods - 2014-06-20 12:56

      Very much...

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-06-20 13:15

      One pitches.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:32

      If pollard is overrated what is no bmt lambikini poefter ?

  • Frikkie Henning Campher - 2014-06-20 12:25

    a world cup trophy would've been so sweet with this reward, tough luck boys.Congrats Pollard.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:32

      The reason they didnt win is because of the nonBulls players of course

  • Lee James Retief - 2014-06-20 12:31

    WOW just shows you how far Rugby has come along, Jonah Lomu used to be the biggest player in the world, standing next to pollard, he looks like the average size player!! Congrats Pollard, well deserved, now its your time to shine just like the rest of the young players that have won it before you!! great to see a SA flyhalf win the award, only means great things in the future of SA rugby

      Wally Cleaver - 2014-06-20 14:43

      You are aware that Mr Lomu has been sick for almost a decade now right?

      Lee James Retief - 2014-06-20 15:30

      Hahaha what a wolly, stop acting clever !! Do you really think that by him being sick, it will have changed his height??

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:33

      It only means great things for Bulls rugby. Who cares about South African rugby?

  • mike.jones.998 - 2014-06-20 12:32

    Get a proper haircut

      Arsène Lupin - 2014-06-20 12:34

      Can't do anything with your peppercorns, hey?

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:35

      While straight haired russians sell their hair for wigs sold around the world to the elite, sipho here stocks the pick n pay choice pepper grinders

  • Barney Klaasin - 2014-06-20 12:54

    Congrats Pollard well done.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:36

      I actually know him personally and he says thanks.

  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-06-20 12:54

    There isn't much competition to speak of in the JWC this year. So Pollard should rather get it

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-06-20 13:16

      Yes nothing else in his class.

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:37

      Tyreiron trying to make an insult...just came off looking like a knob. Owned by Dr Manhattan

  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-06-20 12:54

    There isn't much competition to speak of in the JWC this year. So Pollard should rather get it

  • Smurwe - 2014-06-20 13:29

    Well done Pollard. Now you need to come homeand start playing senior rugby with the big bullls

      W.L Pretorius - 2014-06-20 22:29

      oeh hell, dat marnitz weer jul gat op sy eie skop, LOL

  • Machiel Roads - 2014-06-20 13:48

    Lambie was wet all over when he saw Pollard on TV

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:40

      Hahahahahaha koning blou my king!!

  • Karen Ann Ludick - 2014-06-20 15:11

    Now, please tell me this, why is this man not Meyers squad?????????

      W.L Pretorius - 2014-06-20 22:30

      And he is not better than steyn or goosen or marnitz.. Maybe better than pienaar..

      Micio Profumato - 2014-06-21 06:41

      Karen...he could be in it. But he can't be a whole squad on his own

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