Rugby World Cup 2011

Matfield to become a pundit?

2011-10-11 20:09
Victor Matfield (File)

Johannesburg - Retired Springbok lock Victor Matfield said he would take a months break before deciding on his future, but added that he had many options to consider.

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These included being a rugby pundit for pay channel, SuperSport.

"It looks like I will go to SuperSport next year but I would like to be involved with rugby, so I will see what options open up for me in future," he said.

Matfield, who was considered the best lineout jumper in world rugby, is also a shareholder at the Boland Cavaliers.

"I've always been involved with Boland where I have shares and maybe one day if the time is right, I will go there," Matfield said.

While his Springbok boots are already hung to dry, Matfield said he was available to make a final bow for the Blue Bulls, depending on whether the team made it to the play-offs.

The Bok stalwart exits international rugby with 110 Test caps to his name with an extraordinary list of achievements in his illustrious career.

Matfield captained the Boks on 17 occasions, has the 2007 World Cup winning medal, a British and Irish Lions series win, the Tri-Nations, three Super 14-titles and Currie Cup titles on his list of achievements.

He made his Springbok debut in 2001 when he came on as a replacement in the first Test against Italy in Port Elizabeth.

Matfield lists the Springboks' 2007 World Cup victory together with the 2009 Tri-Nations season where the Boks beat the All Blacks three times in one season, as highlights of his career.

Sunday's exit from the World Cup in New Zealand, though, was one of the saddest moments in his career.

"We did everything to win. We won everything except on the scoreboard, which is what counts at the end of the day," said Matfield.

"I am still proud of the guys, there is nothing that I believe we should have differently.

"We gave everything, we were prepared and on the day we played one of our best games in a long time."

Matfield said he now had time to add the final chapter to his autobiography set to be launched in the middle of November.

"I now have two extra weeks to finish the book but it did not end the way that I hoped it would," he said.

"It is part of rugby and it is something that I try to explain in the book.

"When things aren’t going well, people think you just give up, but there are a lot of emotions one goes through and how you handle it."


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