Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has finalised his World XV squad to take on South Africa next month, and has named an experienced group that totals 707 caps between them and includes some of world rugby’s most recognisable names.
Players from eight different nations (New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, Georgia and South Africa) will come together for a single test in Cape Town on Saturday, 7th June.
“The group of players who have been selected for this match are not only very experienced, but are all in very good form at the moment,” said Mallett. “I’m very happy that the final pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place.”
“Despite the very short preparation time, I’m really looking forward to getting together with this group of very talented players and preparing them for this match.
“It promises to be a very exciting match, looking at the talent assembled in this strong squad. I’m sure they are all relishing the opportunity to play against the Springboks in South Africa. It’s also a rare chance to see a World XV-style team playing in South Africa, and where better than the oldest Test venue in the country?”
World XV squad:
Backs: James O’Connor (London Irish, Australia – 44 Test caps), Drew Mitchell (Toulon, Australia – 63), Hosea Gear (Toulouse, New Zealand – 14), Sititiveni Sivivatu (Clermont, New Zealand – 45), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont, France – 71), Rene Ranger (Montpelier, New Zealand – 6), Matt Giteau (Toulon, Australia – 92), François Trinh-Duc (Montpelier, France – 48), Rory Kockott (Castres, South Africa – uncapped) and Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester, New Zealand – 51).
Forwards: Steffon Armitage (Toulon, England – 5 Test caps), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont, France – 6), Roger Wilson (Ulster, Ireland – 1), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier, Georgia – 51), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens, South Africa – 4), Joe Tekori (Toulouse, Samoa – 26), Juandré Kruger (Racing Metro, South Africa – 17), Schalk Brits (Saracens, South Africa – 5), Andrew Hore (New Zealand – 83), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse, South Africa – uncapped), Sona Taumololo (Perpignan, Tonga – 5), BJ Botha (Munster, South Africa – 25) and Carl Hayman (Toulon, New Zealand – 45).
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