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Gregan, O'Driscoll to lead charity sides

17/02/2005 05:30:25 AM Comments (0)

George Gregan and Brian O'Driscoll have been appointed captains for next month's tsunami charity rugby match between the southern and northern hemispheres.

Australian skipper Gregan heads a strong southern team which was named on Thursday, including three Wallabies, four Springboks and four All Blacks.

Coach Rod Macqueen finalised his starting XV and will name his reserves later this week as he waits on the availability of some Samoan and Tongan players for the March 5 match at Twickenham.

Gregan got the nod ahead of All Blacks captain Tana Umaga and Springbok skipper John Smit.

"We are fortunate to have many leaders in the team and the players are very enthusiastic about the match," Macqueen said in a statement.

"We have assembled the best possible team to represent the south in what is sure to be an historic and entertaining match.

"We would like to thank the unions and also CEOs and coaches of the clubs and provinces who have released their players.

"They have recognised the magnitude of this cause and put the tsunami match ahead of their own competitions, for which they should be congratulated."

Gregan is joined in the team by Wallaby teammates Phil Waugh and Chris Latham, while Andrew Mehrtens, Carl Hoeft and exciting prospect Jerome Kaino complete the New Zealand contingent.

Last year's international player of the year, Springbok backrower Schalk Burger, Jaque Fourie and Victor Matfield are South Africa's representatives.

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