Victor Matfield may not be touring with the Boks next month, but that doesn’t mean he’s sitting with his feet up.
The Bulls lock is being rested for the tour, having played a part in all nine Tests in 2006. While he’d rather be on the field, he understands the need to give his body a break.
“I’m looking at the bigger picture, which is the World Cup,” Matfield told keo.co.za on Monday. “I’m still training hard in the mornings, and then spend time with my wife and 10 month old daughter, which is great. Next year is going to be a big one for us, and it’s important I give myself the best chance of doing well.”
Matfield also took no part in the Absa Currie Cup, which he admits frustrated him a bit.
“It was tough watching the guys playing in the final, in front of a full house, and not being part of it,” he said. “I tried to stay involved by helping the Bulls with their line-out and then I got banned! But the guys did really well to share the Currie Cup.”
With Matfield in South Africa, the Boks will rely on Johann Muller, Johan Akermann and Albert van den Berg against Ireland and England.
“I was really impressed with Johann this season,” said Matfield. “He’s not afraid to do the dirty work and his game allowed me to carry the ball more. I’m sure he and the other locks will do a good job for the Boks.”
By Simon Borchardt