Brits returns to Newlands to face Boks

2014-05-08 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Western Province favourite Schalk Brits will return to Newlands along with rising French-based star Rory Kockott as part of the World XV squad for their match against Heyneke Meyer’s Springboks.

They are two of six South Africans, four of whom have played Test rugby, in the World XV squad for the game at Newlands on June 7. All six of these South Africans play their rugby abroad and have been released by their clubs for the match. The four Test players are hooker Brits (Saracens, England), prop BJ Botha (Munster, Ireland) and locks Allister Hargreaves (Saracens) and Juandré Kruger (Racing Metro, France).

The non-capped South Africans in the World XV squad both play in France. They are Castres scrumhalf Kockott and Toulouse prop Schalk Ferreira.

Former All Black prop Carl Hayman will join Brits, Botha and Ferreira in the front row of the Nick Mallett-coached team. Behind them in what is shaping up as a very experienced pack will be French number eight Julien Bonnaire and England loose forward Steffon Armitage. It’s already been confirmed that three fleet-footed Wallabies, James O’Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell, as well as All Black speedster Hosea Gear and Les Bleus inside back François Trinh-Duc will be in what looks like a very quick backline.

The rest of the World XV squad will be announced in due course.

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