Toulon’s big signing Victor Matfield has unfinished business in South Africa.
SA Rugby magazine’s Ryan Vrede spent a day in France with the Bok lock, who admits he can’t wait to come home.
“I think I made the move to France two years too early,” Matfield reveals. “The decision to come here was based on the fact that I believed I had two years of international rugby left in me. In my mind, the Lions tour in 2009 was going to be my final series, so I decided that it would be good to finish by experiencing a different rugby culture and be paid handsomely for it in the process.
“Then, after the World Cup, I felt great. At this stage I want to play Test rugby for another four years, with the World Cup in New Zealand the obvious target. If I want to realise that goal, I need to be playing my rugby in South Africa.”
In the article, Matfield talks about his specific goals for the next four years, why he agreed to stay in SA if Heyneke Meyer got the Bok job, playing under Peter de Villiers, his French villa, braaiing in the cold, mentoring a future great and his poker nights.
Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:
â€“ What Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal wants, he gets. We sit down with the man who’s spared no expense in his quest to gain promotion to the French Top 14
â€“ SA players and coaches on the new laws
â€“ Helping our referees: why the TMO should play a greater role in rugby
â€“ Does Sevens justify the time and money invested in it by Saru and Sasol? We investigate
PLUS: AJ Venter, Timana Tahu, Varsity Cup, Warren Gatland, Gavin Henson, Isma-eel Dollie, Jake White & Bob Skinstad columns
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