The Saracens teams to take on the Bok XV at Wembley tomorrow night contains an all-South African back row and a springbok halfback pairing. In all, ten of the 22 named started their careers in the Republic.
Former Lions and Bulls loose forward Wikus van Heerden captains the side from the number 6 jersey, while his backrow colleagues are former Stormers play Justin Melck and Ernst Joubert from the Lions. Mouritz Botha, whose brother Methos posts on this site from time to time, is in the second row, while Ethienne Reynecke and Schalk Brits are the two hookers in the squad.
Neil de Kock and Derick Hougaard will be at scrumhalf and flyhalf respectively, while former Sharks centre Brad Barritt and Free State fullback Michael Horak complete the South African contingent.
15 Michael Horak, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Kameli Ratuvou, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Michael Tagicakibau, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Justin Melck, 6 Wikus van Heerden (c),5 Hugh Vyvyan, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Richard Skuse,2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Rhys Gill.
Subs: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Carlos Nieto, 18 George Kruis, 19 Andy Saull, 20 Kevin Barrett, 21 Alex Goode, 22 Rodd Penney.