Ruan’s ready to rock

Ruan Pienaar will resume his battle with Justin Marshall when the Springboks meet the World XV on Sunday.

It will be Pienaar’s third game against the former All Black scrumhalf, having already come up against him in the Super 12.

“He is a clever player and I can only learn from him,” Pienaar told the Volksblad’s Hendrik Cronje. “He is particularly good at getting his forwards involved in the game.”

“I am excited about getting my turn in the starting line-up. It is always a great challenge to play against the best in the world.”

Pienaar said he expected a high-scoring game where both teams would try to entertain the crowd.

“I believe it will be a festival game and play will become loose. To be honest, I like it that way.

“I enjoy tossing the ball around whenever there is an opportunity. But because I have played so little on tour, doing the basics correctly will be important.”

While most see the World XV game as a money-making exercise that means little in the greater scheme of things, Jake White insists the team is approaching it as they would any other match.

“This is not a Test match, but it still is important to the players,” said the Bok coach.


World XV: 15 Matt Perry, 14 Clinton Schifcofske, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Andy Farrell, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Thomas Castaignède, 9 Justin Marshall, 8 Lawrence Dallaglio, 7 Jonny O’Connor, 6 Michael Owen, 5 Alister Campbell, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Cobus Visagie, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Dave Hewett.
Subs: 16 Vernet Basualdo, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Takuro Miuchi, 19 David Croft, 20 Gareth Cooper, 21 Pablo Gomez Cora, 22 Thinus Delport.

Bok XV: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Jaco Pretorius, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Danie Rossouw, 7 Gerrie Britz, 6 Wikus van Heerden, 5 Albert van den Berg, 4 Johan Ackermann, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (c), 1 Deon Carstens.
Subs: Gary Botha, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Selborne Boome, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Jongi Nokwe.