Wilson sole Irish representative in World XV to face Springboks
Ulster’s Roger Wilson has been chosen in a ‘World XV’ to face South in an exhibition match in Cape Town on June the 7th.
The combative back-row forward, who won his only Irish cap eight years ago against Japan, will take his place among some of the biggest names in rugby for the one-off game in South Africa.
James O’Connor, Hosea Gear, Matt Giteau, Steffon Armitage, Schalk Brits and Francois Trinh-Duc are just some of the players who will make up the world selection to be managed by Nick Mallet.
The 32 year-old will not be the only RaboDirect Pro12 representative with Munster prop BJ Botha returning to his homeland for the encounter.
“I’m very happy that the final pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place,” Mallett told the SARU.
“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.”
Backs: James O’Connor (Australia), Drew Mitchell (Australia), Hosea Gear (New Zealand), Sitiveni Sivivatu (New Zealand), Aurelien Rougerie (France), Rene Ranger (New Zealand), Matt Giteau (Australia), François Trinh-Duc (France), Rory Kockott (South Africa), Jimmy Cowan (New Zealand).
Forwards: Steffon Armitage (England), Alexandre Lapandry (France), Roger Wilson (Ireland), Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia), Alistair Hargreaves (South Africa), Joe Tekori (Samoa), Juandré Kruger (South Africa), Schalk Brits (South Africa), Andrew Hore (New Zealand), Schalk Ferreira (South Africa) Sona Taumololo (Tonga), BJ Botha (South Africa), Carl Hayman (New Zealand).