Head coach Nick Mallett has named a star-studded World XV team to play the Springboks this weekend.
The team has a distinct southern hemisphere flavour to it, with the back-row boasting the only Northern Hemisphere players in the form of Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze, England’s Steffon Armitage and Ireland’s Roger Wilson.
The Top 14 provides the bulk of the players, with the entirety of the backline and six of the pack plying their trade in France’s top league. Alistair Hargreaves and Jimmy Cowan, who starts on the bench, are the Premiership’s only representatives, while there is a strong South African expat contribution – unsurprisingly, given the coach is Mallett.
World XV to play Springboks:
15 James O’Connor, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Rory Kockott, 1 Sona Taumalolo, 2 Craig Burden, 3 Carl Hayman, 4 Juandre Kruger, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 7 Steffon Armitage, 8 Roger Wilson
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 François Trinh-Duc, 23 Benson Stanley.
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