Heyneke Meyer will only name his Springbok captain in the week leading up to the first Test against England.
It’s been said that Victor Matfield will come out of retirement to lead the Boks for one final season, while this website understands that Fourie du Preez could also return to the Test fold and take up the captaincy. Meyer said on Thursday that he will only make his final decision public on 4 June, a few days before South Africa play England in Durban.
‘I will announce that on the Monday before the first test against England,’ Meyer said at a Bok planning camp in Pretoria. ‘There has been a lot of speculation about who will be the captain, but I’ve made it clear the decision will not be made now.
‘A lot can happen between now and when we play. Players like Schalk [Burger] and Jean [de Villiers] got injured, so it won’t be wise to make an appointment now. There has also been speculation about Victor [Matfield] being made captain and there is also Fourie [du Preez], but I want to have a good look at who is available before I make a decision.’
Burger is expected to return to the playing field when the Stormers host the Cheetahs in round 12 of the Super Rugby competition. It is not known when De Villiers will be back with the official line from the Stormers medical staff being that he will be assessed on a weekly basis. Some sources believe that the hand ligament injury could preclude him from the England series, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Matfield hasn’t played any rugby since he represented the Barbarians in December last year. Du Preez has been playing his rugby with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan, who recently won the Japanese league and the Japanese Cup. It is not know at this point if Du Preez will return to Test rugby.