Pollard and Springboks ready for Lions

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Not only has he recovered from Covid-19, but he will be playing his 50th Test.


Another bonus will be that he has recovered from a knee ligament injury that could have kept him out of the series.


Pollard told the media he was feeling good after coming out of quarantine.


"I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have symptoms, or anything. So, it was just about getting through those 10 days by waiting. Physically it was good, and [I] got through the return-to-play [protocols] pretty quickly, so no low points, and I'm ready to go," he said.


Pollard said the Springboks were ready for the first Test.


"This morning, when you walked into the team room, you could feel that there was a different vibe and a little tension in the room, which is always good.


"We know there is a big challenge that lies ahead in the next three weeks. So, as a group, having everybody back together again…everybody is enjoying it again," he said.


"It's time to go now – all the talk, and everything, is finished now. It's time to get stuck in to these three Test matches."


Pollard's clash with likely Lions five-eighths Dan Biggar will reprise  their World Cup semifinal contest in 2019.


Pollard said he was prepared and would be doing due analysis of the Lions.


"It's just about picking up small things that a player likes to do, what their tendencies are – but I'm sure they do it on us as well. It's just about understanding the opposition better," he said.


"Then, going up possibly against Dan, he is a brilliant player, and he is playing well lately. But he has been a great player for very long. We have played against each other numerous times in the past, and it's always been fun.


"I don't think it's going to be a big secret of what's coming. The two sides play pretty similar games, and it's going to come down to physicality, set-piece and all the basics," he said.


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