Heyneke wants Matfield to lead

Heyneke Meyer plans to bring Victor Matfield out of retirement to captain the Springboks in 2012.

Meyer said when he was appointed in January that he would pick a captain after his own heart. He also admitted that the short turnaround before the June Tests would see him changing very little in terms of Bok structures, and that he may have to count on the existing leaders to steer the ship.

In a recent conversation with keo.co.za, Meyer said that he won’t pick a long-term captain until he has got to know the players. He will pick Matfield to lead the Boks for the series against England, as Matfield has the experience of leading South Africa, has played over 100 Tests and has worked extensively with Meyer at the Bulls.

Matfield retired from rugby following last year’s clash between the Barbarians and Australia. The 34-year-old lock has reportedly lost a lot of bulk since then but he will undergo an intense conditioning programme between now and June to be ready to battle England, a side with a reputation for robust forward play.

Matfield has been keeping fit since he retired last year, and has been working as a lineout consultant at the Bulls.