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Giteau partners Kockott in World XV against Boks

Matt Giteau will control the World XV back line

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Article Published: Friday 6 June 2014|

World XV coach Nick Mallett has named former Wallabies Matt Giteau at flyhalf partnering Castres scrumhalf Rory Kockott in the team to play the Springboks on Saturday in Cape Town.

The halfback pair played against each other last weekj Giteau's Toulon team played against Kockott's Castres team in the Top14 final on Saturday but this week they are playing alongside each other.

The team has a distinct southern hemisphere flavour to it, with the back-row boasting the only Northern Hemisphere players in the form of Georgia's Mamuka Gorgodze, England's Steffon Armitage and Ireland's Roger Wilson.

The international selection includes five Springboks and two other South Africans.

The Top 14 provides the bulk of the players, with the entirety of the backline and six of the pack plying their trade in France's top league.

Alistair Hargreaves and Jimmy Cowan, who starts on the bench, are the Premiership's only representatives, while there is a strong South African expat contribution.

World XV

15 James O'Connor, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Mamuka Gorgodze, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Sona Taumalolo.

Replacements : 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Franoois Trinh-Duc, 23 Stanley Benson.

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