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Handre Pollard joins Montpellier but Bulls welcome back Morne Steyn

South African Super Rugby side Bulls have confirmed the departure of Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard for French Top 14 side Montpellier.

But the Bulls will welcome back the experienced Morne Steyn for the 2020 season.

Pollard has long been linked to the Top 14 and will join several other Boks in the south of France, including Bismark du Plessis, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn.

“Handre has been a true servant to us for six years,” Bulls CEO Alfons Meyer said on Tuesday.

“He will be missed for sure, but we cannot fault his decision to continue his career in France. We wish him well.”

Pollard, who is expected to start at fly-half for the Boks at the World Cup in Japan later this year, has played 56 times for the Bulls, to go with 39 Test caps for South Africa.

He will be replaced in the squad by the experienced Steyn, 34, who left the Bulls in 2013 to join Stade Francais in the Top 14.

He had already made 124 Super Rugby appearances and remains the leading points-scorer for the Pretoria-based side in the competition with 1,449.

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