Low backing for Victor return

2012-04-23 12:40
Victor Matfield (File)
Cape Town - A possible comeback from Springbok retirement by Victor Matfield in mid-year may be a popular topic of speculation right now, but public support for a return by the lineout ace seems notably limited.

Sport24 ran a readers’ poll recently in which we posed the question: “In light of Jaque Fourie declaring himself unavailable for the Boks, which of these overseas/retired players would you most like to see back in the mix?”

We offered seven choices, opting to still include the name of seasoned outside centre Fourie despite his recent statement that he was concentrating on his Japanese obligations.

Matfield got only 6% of the vote from a total turnout of well over 5,500, sharing second place with long-time former Bulls team-mate and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez.

The winner by a landslide, no doubt aided by his electric form at the World Cup late last year before his injury, was France-based utility back Francois Steyn - he commanded a huge 71% of favour.

There were also more muted voices of support for Gurthro Steenkamp and Fourie (5% each), Bakkies Botha (4%) and Ruan Pienaar (3%).


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

05 November 2016
Barbarians v South Africa, London 15:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 15:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Millennium Stadium 19:30

Did Stormers and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit deserve to be named SA Rugby Player of the Year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.