Giteau captains World XV against Springboks
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Matt Giteau will captain a World XV against South Africa in a non-cap game on Saturday.
The former Australia international will play at flyhalf and is joined in the world team by Toulon teammates and fellow European Cup winners Drew Mitchell on the right wing, flanker Steffon Armitage, hooker Craig Burden and prop Carl Hayman.
Giteau, who has 92 test caps, directs a backline containing two other Australian internationals in fullback James O’Connor and Mitchell, and New Zealanders Rene Ranger and Hosea Gear.
World XV and former Springboks coach Nick Mallett picked five South Africans to start against their compatriots at Newlands: center Wynand Olivier, scrumhalf Rory Kockott, locks Alistair Hargreaves and Juandre Kruger and Burden. All but two of Mallett’s 23-man matchday squad play in Europe.
South Africans Burden, Kockott and replacement prop Schalk Ferreira are the only players in the 23 who aren’t internationals.
Star-studded French club Toulon will have seven players in the game with wing Bryan Habana and second-rower Bakkies Botha lining up for the Springboks. The game does not have full test status and is the first time a World XV has played in South Africa since 1989, when the country was still officially under apartheid.
World XV: James O’Connor (London Irish/Australia), Drew Mitchell (Toulon/Australia), Rene Ranger (Montpellier/New Zealand), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier/South Africa), Hosea Gear (Toulouse/New Zealand), Matt Giteau (captain, Toulon/Australia), Rory Kockott (Castres); Roger Wilson (Ulster/Ireland), Steffon Armitage (Toulon/England), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier/Georgia), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens/South Africa), Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro/South Africa), Carl Hayman (Toulon/New Zealand), Craig Burden (Toulon), Sona Taumalolo (Perpignan/Tonga). Reserves: Andrew Hore (Highlanders/New Zealand), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse), Pat Cilliers (Stormers/South Africa), Joe Tekori (Toulouse/Samoa), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont/France), Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester/New Zealand), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier/France), Benson Stanley (Clermont/New Zealand).