Superstars convene in World XV squad to play South Africa

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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 Р5 Test caps), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont, France Р6), Roger Wilson (Ulster, Ireland Р1), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier, Georgia Р51), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens, South Africa Р4), Joe Tekori (Toulouse, Samoa Р26), Juandr̩ Kruger (Racing Metro, South Africa Р17), Schalk Brits (Saracens, South Africa Р5), Andrew Hore (New Zealand Р83), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse, South Africa Рuncapped), Sona Taumololo (Perpignan, Tonga Р5), BJ Botha (Munster, South Africa Р25) and Carl Hayman (Toulon, New Zealand Р45).

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

5 thoughts on “Superstars convene in World XV squad to play South Africa

  1. Very good squad, but how exactly is this different from the Barbarians?

    You’d have to back an established South Africa against a scratch team. I’d love to see a team like this tour North America, Asia or continental Europe though, it would do wonders for the game in these places.

  2. In response to questions above: the reason it’s a World XV is surely because the organisation of the players for this particular match is not being done by Barbarians FC, so they can’t be called the Barbarians, even if the majority of them will also play against England, albeit as the Barbarians.

  3. I’m the one who’s going to be pernickerty but its nine different nations, you forgot Steffon Armitage – England!

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