World XV to cut loose

The World XV plans to play all-out attacking rugby against the WP XV at Newlands on Friday night.

The touring squad has been reduced to 23 with frenchmen Thomas Castaignede and Raphael Ibanez returning to France to join up with the French squad to tour South Africa later this month and Italian prop Andrea Le Cicero travelling to Malaysia for another commitment.

World XV coach Bob Dwyer says his side aims to play “quality rugby” against the WP XV.

“We have to do justice to the occasion by making sure that we give Corne Krige a fitting send off to a his career. But we also have to make sure that we entertain the spectators,” Dwyer said.

“In the Richard Hill benefit match against Saracens we played adventurous rugby that resulted in 13 tries and we intend to play a similar game on Friday.

In the 27-30 loss to the Bok XV at the weekend we weren’t able to do this because the defences were very well organised and we would not have been able to maintain a high-paced game for 80 minutes in the thin air of Johannesburg.”

The World XV will announce its match 22 on Tuesday and will take time out to experience the Western Cape. The itinerary includes a visit to the Beyerskloof wine estate and golf at Pearl Valley as well as the Corne Krige Testimonial Dinner on Tuesday evening.