Matfield quells comeback talk

2012-01-26 11:20

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Victor Matfield has moved fairly quickly on Twitter to seemingly pooh-pooh reports that he is contemplating a Springbok comeback.

Some newspapers reported on Thursday that the 34-year-old veteran of three World Cups - including triumphant 2007 - and Bulls legend would consider returning to the fray if Heyneke Meyer, as is widely anticipated, is named new national coach by SARU on Friday.

The reports also suggested he might “solve the problem of captaincy” now that John Smit has also stepped down from the Test picture.

But Matfield said in a tweet on Thursday: “Like I’ve always said. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.”

And a little earlier he had replied to a follower, presumably on the comeback matter: “What paper?”

Nevertheless, the big lineout supremo and sometimes Bok skipper had been quoted earlier by the Cape Times and other dailies in that group as saying: “Playing, I don’t know ... but we will see. It depends if he (Meyer) wants me. I really don’t know.”

There are many who feel a new captain, one who will seem realistically able to lead the troops up to and into the next World Cup, must be appointed, with Stormers leader Schalk Burger, 28, considered a frontrunner.

Matfield’s mantle as lineout ace is also fairly likely to be entrusted henceforth to the unusually lanky, 2.08-metre Andries Bekker, also of the 2011 Super Rugby SA conference-winning Stormers.

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  • Nico - 2012-01-26 11:47

    hahahaha, tested public opinion, overwhelming no, so matfield turns politician with "i've never said that", hahahahaha.

      Anton - 2012-01-26 12:32

      Or, "I mis-spoke"...

      Trading - 2012-01-27 10:19

      Don't believe the sh#! written by Capetonians with ill intent. They have a long track record of hate for the Blue Bulls, because the Bulls outperform their pathetic WP - again and again.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 11:49

    Too bad. He's got another world cup left in him.

      Lionel - 2012-01-26 11:50

      As a Ball boy Ja,Morning Ace!!!!!!!!!!

      The-third - 2012-01-26 11:51

      37 then... it's possible but I don't think as a player there mate. Coaching staff, yes.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 11:53

      More gooinat.

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 13:13

      How many did he swallow then Lloyd?

  • Erich - 2012-01-26 11:58

    If Matfield considers a comeback if Heyneke gets the coaching job, I think it will be for the wrong reason. Victor, you had a glorious career in rugby and I think at your age you will serve rugby better by getting involved in administration or coaching of the game.

  • Bryan - 2012-01-26 12:00

    Well if Percy was brought back then Matfield who is the top bok lock could easily play a few more years. Look how Terblanche had been wasted with claims he was too old. Maybe the boks deserve to be like the stormers. all talk and no cups.

  • Jason - 2012-01-26 12:06

    This is proof that there is a God.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 12:49

      En jy is n pateet.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-26 12:26

    So did they talk to him or didn't they? Did he say it or didn't he? Journo's record their interviews on most occasions. If it's recorded and he said it, publish.

  • Andre - 2012-01-26 12:59

    to say that andries bekker will be this great man'n replacement,is laughable-see the working rate stats on the field-i am laughing myself off my chair

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 13:14

      I am "laughing myself off my chair" at you.....

  • Marius - 2012-01-26 13:09

    This then proofs that the news, from whatever source, is never true, its always fabricated in a way.

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-26 16:53

    Looks more like Big Vic is considering a pro career in Golf looking at the photo News24 decided to add...

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