IRB throws spanner in Bok works
24 May 2012
Victor Matfield will not come out of retirement to play in the Test series against England.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was hoping to utilise the lineout legend in the three-match series in June as he only has a week to prepare the team. Matfield retired from rugby after the 2011 World Cup, although he did make one last appearance for the Barbarians in late November.
However, an IRB rule, stating that a retired player announcing his return to the game may not play international rugby for six months after announcing his comeback, has prevented Matfield from adding one last chapter to a glittering career and breaking John Smit’s Bok record of 111 Test caps (Matfield has 110).
Meyer is now likely to give Andries Bekker the No 5 jersey.