Matfield confirms potential Bok return

Victor Matfield says he may come out of retirement to play for the Springboks later this year.

There were numerous reports over the last month about Matfield’s possible return to the Springbok fold. This despite the 110-Test veteran’s decision to retire at the end of the World Cup and the fact that he hasn’t played any form of rugby in 2012.

On Thursday evening, Matfield revealed during a short interview on SuperSport’s rugby programme Boots and All that he received requests from Bok coach Heyneke Meyer to return to action.

‘I got a couple of calls from Heyneke and he believes I can still make a valuable contribution. We still have to discuss in what capacity that will be,’ said Matfield, who turns 35 on 11 May.

‘But at the moment, there’s plenty of red tape that prevents me from doing so [Matfield is currently committed to SuperSport as an analyst and is a lineout consultant at the Bulls], so a final decision is yet to be made. We will see what happens.’

This means that we could see Matfield feature for the Boks against England in June. The lock is also touted as a possible captain option, along with Japan-based scrumhalf Fourie du Preez.