11 May 2012

Mourie for the North, Gilbert for the South

5:43 pm on 11 May 2012

The coaches for next month's North versus South rugby game have been announced - former All Black captain Graham Mourie will coach the North and former All Blacks assistant coach Tony Gilbert the South.

The game hasn't been played for 17 years and is part of the rescue package for the Otago union, which last hosted the fixture back in 1995.

It's set down for Sunday afternoon June the 10th at the indoor Dunedin stadium.

Mourie, who's also coached the Hurricanes and is a current NZRU board member, both played and captained the North in six appearances between 1976 and 1982. He'll be assisted by former All Black and current North Harbour coach Liam Barry.

Gilbert's also coached the Highlanders and Otago, he'll be assisted by former All Black and current Otago coach Tony Brown.

Players will be drawn from Super Rugby teams and wider training groups. All Blacks will be unavailable given their commitments to the Ireland Series.

The match is not a fundraiser for the union and all proceeds will go to the city.

Teams will wear the traditional white and black strip, the North being in black, the South in white.