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Matfield wishes Bakkies well

2013-11-15 13:01
Bakkies Botha (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield has wished his friend and former team-mate Bakkies Botha well after his return to the Springbok fold.

Botha was on Thursday included in the Bok starting team for Sunday's Test against Scotland in Edinburgh. It will be the 34-year-old Botha's first Test appearance since he and Matfield played together at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Matfield posted the following on Twitter after Botha was included to start against the Scots: Congrats @BakkiesBotha4 I think I'm going to be full of goose bumps if you run onto the field. Well done Combo. Enjoy

Matfield retired after the 2011 World Cup, but was recently rumoured to be making a comeback in 2014.

Only time will tell if Botha and Matfield ever play together again...

Sunday's Test kicks off at 17:00 (SA time) on Sunday.



15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Barclay, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Substitutes: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 John Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans

South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp

Substitutes 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 JJ Engelbrecht


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