Samsung World XV Squad Confirmed









Global Stars from 9 Countries Selected for World XV Squad to Face Springboks

International stars from around the world, Wallabies Matt Giteau, James O’Connor, Drew Mitchell and All Blacks Hosea Gear, Carl Hayman, Andrew Hore and Jimmy Cowan are all included in the Samsung World XV’s 23-man squad to play South Africa at DHL Newlands on Saturday 7 June.

Joining them will be France’s French Top 14 highest point’s scorer Francois Trinh-Duc and back row forward Alexandre Lapandry.

5 players from Toulon’s double winning European Cup and French Top 14 side will also feature in the squad, including Steffon Armitage from England, who was recently voted European player of the year.

The squad has 621 international caps to their name from nine countries; Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, England, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, and Georgia giving a truly global feel to the squad.

Taking charge of the squad’s preparations will be former player, National Springbok and Italy coach Nick Mallett, assisted by Alan Solomons.

Nick Mallett commented, “As well as assigning an international flavour to the Samsung World XV squad, it was also decided by the coaching and management team, to give both a number of international and on form non international South African club players, currently excelling overseas and nationally, the opportunity to play in the Test Arena on their beloved home soil against the Springboks.” He continued, “These Internationals include Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens), Juandré Kruger (Racing Metro), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier). And Non Internationals Rory Kockott (Castres), Craig Burden (Toulon), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse) and the Lions young prop Julian Redelinghuys.”

Position First Name Surname Club Country International Caps
Full Back / Wing Drew Mitchell Toulon Australia 63
Full Back / Wing James O’Connor London Irish Australia 44
Wing Hosea Gear Toulouse New Zealand 14
Centre Wynand Olivier Montpellier South Africa 37
Centre Benson Stanley Clermont New Zealand 3
Centre / Wing Rene Ranger Montpellier New Zealand 6
Fly Half Francois Trinh Duc Montpellier France 49
Fly Half / Centre Matthew Giteau Toulon Australia 92
Scrum Half Rory Kockott Castres   0
Scrum Half Quinton (Jimmy) Cowan Gloucester New Zealand 51
Back Row Alexandre Lapandry Clermont France 10
Back Row Roger Wilson Ulster Ireland 1
Back Row Steffon Armitage Toulon England 5
Back Row Mamuka Gorgodze Montpellier Georgia 57
Second Row Iosefa (Joe) Tekori Toulouse Samoa 27
Second Row Alistair Hargreaves Saracens South Africa 4
Second Row Juandré Kruger Racing Metro South Africa 17
Hooker Andrew Hore Highlanders New Zealand 83
Hooker Craig Burden Toulon South Africa 0
Prop Fakaanaua (Sona) Taumalolo Perpignan Tonga 13
Prop Julian Redelinghuys Lions   0
Prop Carl Hayman Toulon New Zealand 45
Prop Schalk Ferreira Toulouse   0
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  1. Clever of Hak Hak to call up Brits to Bok group – thereby denying him the chance to play AGAINST us. But Burden is a good replacement.
    Will be good to see how the forwards perform in rucks and scrums – lineouts are always a gamble without proper training time. Not a lot can be read in backline play from such a game – apart from how good your defence and positional play is.

  2. He did the same with Brussouw – selected him for group just so that he is not playing against Bokke. Then drops him a week later. Integrity? Wat jy waar kry!

  3. @Bekke: Bekke, I do not understand you….the training group was and extended group of players which he what as part of the Bok setup…..he never promised that players who was in this training group will make the sqaud……

  4. Are you talking about Brussouw? Look who he dropped from squad. Nick Mallet also made that comment – tongue in cheek maybe, but where there is smoke…

  5. If true – HM selecting HB Brussouw just to keep him away from World15…..It’s truly a dastardly move.
    One surely learned when HM was at the “mother-ship of cynicism”…… ZeeBulls.

  6. Wow this is going to be a great game and one to really test the Boks. This team has a better shot at winning than the Welsh do, so its probably our one big game before TRC