Boks face league threat

Two rugby league converts will play for the World XV against the Springboks in Leicester next month.

Andy Farrell, a former Great Britain league captain, crossed codes last season but has struggled with injury since joining Saracens. He finally made a try scoring debut for Saracens reserves in September and his first team debut against Newcastle as a replacement. On both occasions, he played at blindside flank.

Farrell is joined by another famous convert in Kangaroos back Ryan Cross, who recently joined the Western Force from the Sydney Roosters.

Cross was a member of the Australian Schoolboys in both 1996 and 1997, and played alongside Matt Dunning, Adam Freier, Alister Campbell, David Lyons, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Steve Kefu, Sam Harris and Craig Wing. In 1998 he went on to play league.

Other players who have been confirmed for the match include Justin Marshall, Michael Owen, Breyton Paulse and Morgan Turinui.

There is also a chance that Brent Russell could play for the World XV if he’s released by Western Province.