Nick Mallet Names Incredible World XV

Nick Mallett has selected a World XV that includes five South Africans for this weekend’s clash with the Boks.

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Wynand Olivier, Rory Kockott, Alistair Hargreaves, Juandré Kruger and Craig Burden will take on their home country in Saturday’s one-off fixture.

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Also included in the XV is James O’Connor, who joins fellow Australians Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau in the line-up, with New Zealanders Rene Ranger and Hosea Gear completing the backline.

Up front there’s a back-row of Mamuka Gorgodze, Steffon Armitage and Roger Wilson, who wears number eight, while Carl Hayman and Sona Taumalolo are either side of hooker Burden.

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World XV: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
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.

Date: Saturday, June 7
Kick-off: 17:00 local (16:00 BST)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
Timekeeper: Albert Mocke (South Africa)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

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  1. one word : Gorgodzilla!

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