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Leicester Tigers will welcome World Cup winning fly-half Handré Pollard to the club ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The South African international makes the switch to Leicester from French club Montpellier.

The 27-year-old has capped 60 times by the Springboks since making his Test debut against Scotland in 2014, while still a member of the South African under-20 squad.

Pollard played youth rugby for Western Province, in Cape Town, while attending Paarl Gimnasium School and was selected for South Africa Schoolboys in 2012.

That same year, Pollard was selected to the Junior Springboks as an 18-year-old and remained with the squad for three consecutive seasons, where he captained the national team in his senior year.

In 2013, Pollard moved to the University of Pretoria and represented UP Tuks while also making his provincial debut for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition in South Africa.

His Super Rugby debut followed in 2014 for the Bulls, who he would represent for the next five seasons, as well as a solitary campaign for Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes in 2015/16.

After playing in South Africa’s 2019 Rugby World Cup win, Pollard joined current club Montpellier.

He is an accomplished goal kicker and has registered over 600 points for the Springboks, averaging over 10 points per test.

He represented the Barbarians in 2018 and most recently shared in South Africa’s win over the British & Irish Lions.

Speaking about Pollard’s addition to the Leicester Tigers squad for next season, Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “Handré is a world class fly-half who brings a wealth of experience from Super Rugby, Top14 and International Rugby.

“He is a World Cup winner who is highly sought after by clubs around the world. But the most enjoyable part is that he sees Leicester Tigers as the club for him.

“What impressed me most in our dealings with him is his desire to be part of what we build at this club, but also his desire to develop, learn and grow as a player and a person.

“This is a very exciting addition to the club and I hope Leicester Tigers fans are excited about it.”

Discussing his decision to join Leicester Tigers, Pollard said: “I am delighted to join Leicester Tigers, to be part of this amazing group of players at a special club and to challenge myself, push my limits. testing and being the very best I can be for the team.

“The club is going great at the moment and I know there is an expectation to continue that, to get better and better, because getting to the top is hard, but staying there is even harder.

“There are bigger deals on the table, but I made this decision to work with Steve [Borthwick] and to be part of an unreal, great club at Leicester Tigers, which has such a great history,” he added.

The Springboks fly-half also spoke of his excitement for playing at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

“I don’t know the whole history of Leicester Tigers, but this is a club that is so well known worldwide,” he said.

“Everyone I’ve talked to about playing there, for Tigers or an away team, says it’s the only stadium that’s on a different level.”

Pollard will join his new Leicester Tigers teammates in closing international commitments ahead of the 2022/23 season.

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