Springboks

Mallett wanted Brüssow

2014-06-04 09:24
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Heinrich Brussow (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - World XV coach Nick Mallett says he was keen to include Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brüssow in his squad to face the Springboks.

The teams clash at Newlands on Saturday in what will be the Boks' first international outing of the year.

According Die Burger's website, Mallett requested to include the Cheetahs flank in his squad to face the Boks but he was already earmarked for the first Bok training camp of the year, which took place in Durban last week.

Brüssow was not included in Bok coach Heyneke Meyer's final squad named last Saturday, but because he was part of the Bok training camp earlier in the week, he became ineligible for the World XV side.

Brüssow has never played a Test under Meyer and last represented his country at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Mallett said he would have liked to send Brüssow on in the second half in Steffon Armitage's place.

"It would have kept the Boks busy because he (Brüssow) is the sort of player they will encounter in games against the All Blacks and Australia," said Mallett.

Kick-off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 17:00.

World XV squad (South African players in bold):

Backs:

James O’Connor (London Irish, Australia – 44 Test caps), Drew Mitchell (Toulon, Australia – 63), Hosea Gear (Toulouse, New Zealand – 14), Rene Ranger (Montpelier, New Zealand – 6), Matt Giteau (Toulon, Australia – 92), François Trinh-Duc (Montpelier, France – 48), Rory Kockott (Castres, South Africa – uncapped), Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester, New Zealand – 51), Benson Stanley (Clermont, New Zealand - 3), and Wynand Olivier (Montpellier, South Africa - 37)

Forwards:

Steffon Armitage (Toulon, England – 5 Test caps), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont, France – 6), Roger Wilson (Ulster, Ireland – 1), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier, Georgia – 51), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens, South Africa – 4), Joe Tekori (Toulouse, Samoa – 26), Juandré Kruger (Racing Metro, South Africa – 17), Andrew Hore (New Zealand – 83), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse, South Africa – uncapped), Sona Taumololo (Perpignan, Tonga – 5), Craig Burden (Toulon, South Africa - uncapped), Carl Hayman (Toulon, New Zealand – 45), and Pat Cilliers (Stormers, South Africa - 6)

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