Cape Town - Two of the most experienced
coaches in world rugby, Robbie Deans of New Zealand and France’s Bernard
Laporte, will take charge of a star-studded World XV for their match against
the Springboks at Newlands on Saturday, July 11.
Deans was in charge of a Barbarians team
that beat an Ireland XV, 22-21, in Limerick, Ireland on Thursday night.
The Newlands clash will be the Springboks’
season-opener and it promises to deliver festival rugby. Last year in the corresponding
fixture, more than 30 000 spectators flocked to Newlands to see the South Africans
beat a strong World XV 47-13, with Heyneke Meyer’s side scoring six tries in
“Between them, Robbie and Bernard are two
of the most experienced coaches in world rugby since the game turned
professional two decades ago,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby
“Under Robbie, the Crusaders won five Super
Rugby titles, he was also assistant All Blacks coach and took charge of the
Wallabies for six years, including a victory in the Rugby Championship in 2011.
“Bernard’s been one of the biggest names in
French rugby. He coached their national side from 1999 to 2007, won the Six Nations
four times, and has been with Toulon recently as they dominated the European
rugby scene, with three consecutive victories in the Heineken and Champions
“The experience they bring to the World XV
will make this a very formidable outfit and will provide the Springboks with a
proper test as they get this very important season underway.”
The 55-year-old Deans is currently involved
with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, but also coached the Barbarians this
week for their matches against Ireland, which took place on Thursday, and
England, scheduled for Sunday.
Laporte, 50, is a former French Secretary
of State for Sport. Apart from France and Toulon, he also coached former French
club champions Stade Francais and Bordeaux-Begles.
The names of players selected for the World
XV will be released in due course.