Uncertainty over Matfield

2012-04-17 18:00

Cape Town - Rumours surfaced on Tuesday that former Springbok and Bulls lock Victor Matfield might come out of retirement and play for the Sharks in Super Rugby.

Media reports on Sunday indicated that Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is keen for Matfield to return to lead the Boks in their three-Test series against England in June.

The website,, reports that there was speculation that Matfield could ask the Sharks for game time should he answer Meyer’s plea for him to come out of retirement.

These rumours surfaced on Twitter on Tuesday, with rugby website, the Front Row Grunt, tweeting the following on its Twitter page:

"Met with a group very close to all things sporting in SA this morning ... Matfield return a done deal ... 1 year contract signed .

"Matfield seen suiping a cappuccino with John Plumtree this morning ... Big Vic in Black and White ... But will he be dynamite?, referring to the black and white colours of the Sharks.

But later tweets seemed to pour cold water on those rumours when the Sharksworld website responded on their Twitter page: "@FrontRowGrunt that story is not true... Matfield is not in Durban today.

"I checked with a friend who knows Vic well. He's in Pretoria."

However, whether or not Matfield was in Durban discussing a possible move with the Sharks coach remains a mystery after he was apparently spotted by a member of the public.

Grant Gavin, a property investor from Durban, said on Twitter he saw the former Bok lock on Tuesday morning.

"Saw Victor Matfield having coffee with Plumtree in #DurbanNorth this morning. The rumors might well be true!" tweeted Gavin.


  • David - 2012-04-17 16:56

    It might take a game or two to knock the rust off, but our lineouts could use a master like Matfield. Short term, let's hope it's true

      David - 2012-04-17 17:07

      Let me add that as of now, I don't want Matfield to play for the Boks. But at least let him prove if he still has what it takes. Game time at the Sharks will do just that as well as get our lineouts sorted. We all want the Boks to win. We bitch like mad if they don't. Meyer has promised to treat every Test as important so the right players for the England series will be important. Unfortunately, the series has stupidly been wedged in the Super Rugby competition so some continuity may be useful

      Tokolos - 2012-04-17 17:14

      Tokolos agrees with you David. Matfield might be retired but let me tell you, he is a natural and STILL pound for pound the best lock in the world today. No one can touch him. I think his experience and skill and just his presence in any team will motivate them to greater things. Cheers

      Tokolos - 2012-04-18 02:24

      Sakkie Ons moenie oogklappe aanhê vir hierdie situasie nie. Ek weet dis maklik om negatief te raak oor goed in die pers. Heyneke is nie stupid nie. Hy sit met 'n hoop vol rou talent tussen die franchises in SA, veral tussen die Stormers en die Bulle. Hier bring hy twee ouens in die groep in wat baie baie respek afdwing tussen al die ander spelers waaruit sy groep sal bestaan. Dis manne wat WEET hoe om te wen en te verloor. Hulle het die goed en sleg van Springbokrugby gesmaak. As jy regtig objektief hierna kyk sal jy besef dat altwee hierdie splers ver van oor die muur is. Hulle sal almal verras jy sal sien. Hulle sal 'n groot motivering faktor wees vir die jonger manne en hulle net aanspoor tot hulle beste en beyond that. Mense is bekommerd dat jong opkomende manne soos Etsebeth en sulke manne oor die hoof gesien gaan word om plek te maak vir hierdie ouens. Ek kan jou nou al se dat Heyneke nie so stupid is nie. Laat nou die ding met rus en kyk wat hy met die ouens doen op die einde en sê jou sê na die Engelse toetse. Ek se jou nou 99% van die ouens wat nou negatief is sal hulle woorde sluk. Matfield en Fourie gaan die beste uit ons jong manne haal. O ja... Tokolos is NIE Bulldozer nie Sakkie!!!

      Schaun - 2012-04-18 06:25

      i must agree with david, bring him in as someone where new stars can learn from, all i hear is what about bekker, well one thing, matfeild on his worst is still standing well above bekker, i say, best man for best job, then we wont c jantjies ,bekker or jean de villiers , not even schalk or spies, i agree even bring os and uli back but dont loose to these dam pommies

      David - 2012-04-18 06:55

      We need to stop seeing this England tour as normal Bok games. No Bok coach has had to play three Tests in the middle of another tournament and try do so with buggerall preparation. Matfield could prove invaluable for the Sharks and even if he plays poorly, the knowledge and skills he could give our locks will be immense. If he plays well then why shouldn't he play for Boks? From the expanded Tri-Nations (too early to remember it's name) onwards definately bring in the younger guys we have. But for now, whatever it takes to send the Poms back home whimpering.

  • Mark - 2012-04-17 16:56

    Maybe he can do the pre-match interview, sing the national anthem, kick-off, score a winning try, bring on the kicking tee, clap Bryce, motivate at half time and then turn off the stadium lights too. No offence Vic you were great but I think all Bok supporters will forgive the Boks if we lose against the poms given the ridiculous timing of the test. Surely it is better in the long run to throw a youngster in!

      Gareth - 2012-04-17 17:00

      Aside from the humorous first bit... I fully Agree with you! Start giving the youngsters a chance, they have been working HARD!!!

      Heiku - 2012-04-17 17:12

      I'm one bok supporter that cannot handle losing to england. If we have to bring Os back so be it

      Lance - 2012-04-17 20:29

      Heiku..if the selectors don't choose their off-field drinking buddies and choose the cream of the S15 crop we will take England. Start with the S15 stars and let Vic, Danie, Bakkies, du Preez and JFourie come on in the Final 15 min and wreak havoc...that will be an exciting and acceptable arrangement !

      Raymond - 2012-04-18 07:05

      Keep Matfield away from the Sharks. We're battling enough as it is. He is totally overrated.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-04-17 17:09

    Sharksworld are adamant that this story is not true. They just tweeted this: "@RobHouwing ... that story about Vic on Sports24 is embarrassing mate... a few unsubstantiated tweets is NOT news". Knowing that Sharksworld has contacts with the Sharks, I'm siding with them.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 17:28

      @Malcolm, EXACTLY, people will grasp and believe anything. Biggest rubbish rumour EVER!! Tank (FRGrunt) I think is mostly responsible for this rumour! People like to get charged up!! People must be patient, ALL will be revealed shortly!!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-17 17:42

      René, it's ridiculous. It all stems from the fact that this is a pressing issue, and people are wanting details, but to go and publish something based on an unsubstantiated rumour is unprofessional.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-17 17:50

      @Malcolm @Terence - I don't know what people (journalist) derive from this nonsense! I cannot imagine Victor being in 2 places at the same time ..... The only journalist I respect is Brenden Nel... The others belong in Hollywood with all their little side-shows and attention seeking drivel.

      Terence - 2012-04-17 18:21

      You are 100% correct, René, by the way, my comment wast deleted bacause I said 'arse'. Seriously?

  • Arthur - 2012-04-17 17:14

    He should join the lions, they really need him and it is where he started playing rugbybefore he joined the Bulls

      Nico - 2012-04-17 18:00

      won't mind him joining the Lions at all! we really need him! I thought he had a contract with the Bulls as lineout advisor though?

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-04-17 17:16

    Matfield... please come to the Stormers... with Bekker out, and Etsebeth not 100%... we need a stand-in lock!

  • Grant - 2012-04-17 17:30

    I am simply speechless.....enough said.

  • Shaun - 2012-04-17 17:44

    I'll wait for the HEAT magazine article to come out before i believe this nonsense!

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-17 17:47

    Anything additional in the Sharks side at the moment will be dynamite ..

  • Kenengek - 2012-04-17 18:04

    Victor Matfield is Chuck Norris

  • Louis - 2012-04-17 18:08

    Lucky Sharks! Matfield definitely have what it takes. What is wrong with our nation? This guy played in the World Cup a few months ago and did us proud. No one can say we lost games because of Matfield or that Matfield didn't perform as expected. Matfield is the best damn lock in the world and now just because he said he is retiring doesn't mean all his expertise disappeared overnight. He is the same person with the same skills and he is still the best in Wor;ld. Damn, if the Lions could get him, because we can really do with someone like him. If anyone things Matfield doesn't have what it takes, you are blind and should stop watching rugby or leaving your pathetic opinions here. Don't just comment to be different because you are brave behind your computer. Talk sense and people will start taking your opinions seriously.

      Louis - 2012-04-17 18:19

      Heynecke is only looking for Matfield's expertise during the England tour. He didn't say Matfield is planning to play in the next world cup. Heynecke is an expert at what he does. He wouldn't bring Matfield in if he thought there were other locks which can easily replace Matfield. To think of it, I can't think of anyone in his class either. And he needs a good captain. There aren't anyone standing out as captain either. Matfield can easily fill that position.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-18 02:32

      Louis... Tokolos agree with you 300%. People must realize this. I have said the same on a few different blogs. Matfield is not a "has been". A Mere 6 months ago he was still doing the Boks proud. The fact that he decided to "retire" was not because he didn't have what it takes anymore. He just felt that it was the end of an era. This does not all of a sudden make him a "has been" or "dead wood" in the Bok team. He will be the best lock in world rugby for the next couple of years to come, even if he goes on the field with a walking stick. He simply has no equal in SA, or for that matter world rugby at this stage.

  • Wesley - 2012-04-17 18:23

    What is the date. 1 April, this is a joke

  • Wesley - 2012-04-17 18:23

    What is the date. 1 April, this is a joke

  • Rich - 2012-04-17 19:49

    Sure, super rugby but The Boks need to choose locks that will be there in four years time.

  • Gary - 2012-04-17 21:05

    We can beat the Poms with the best of the guys playing Super 15. The opportunity is to let these new guys gel as a unit, build character as new Boks, in the 3 June tests. Stop being so scared of losing, quality will win through. Rather back yourself as a coach, don't look for a crutch.

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 07:07

    The martin johnson era was the only time england could confidently enter the park against the boks. We had a slump as the boks losing regularly against the kiwis, aussies n poms. However the kids these days dnt care bwt reputations thy js wana bliksem

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 07:13

    The young guns hv fire in their bellies let dm show u, dn ur job as coach is to guide dm. Dingo once said RSA has the best young talent nd he wud one day like to coach, murray mexted scoffed at dis forgtn dat coaching has been the diff

      Ken - 2012-04-18 07:38

      Your English teacher must be really proud of you

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 07:18

    Now that our coaching has improved nd we gettn better at dis proffesionalism thng( plus the lack or fear nd psycological scars with the yung guns), we find our S15 TEAMS doing betta abroad. I find less dubious ref. Calls dese days. I foresee stronger boks

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-18 07:18

    Now that our coaching has improved nd we gettn better at dis proffesionalism thng( plus the lack or fear nd psycological scars with the yung guns), we find our S15 TEAMS doing betta abroad. I find less dubious ref. Calls dese days. I foresee stronger boks

  • - 2012-04-18 08:14

    Well the Bok contract and the Sharks contract are not mutually exclusive. Matfield needs game time if he is going to play for the Boks. And the Sharks have big injuries and no depth at lock - 2012-04-18 08:20

      BTW I dont believe for a second that the coffee shop story is true. Plum was probably having coffee with Ross Skeate who look a little similar

  • Brendan - 2012-04-18 08:36

    This sucks....... I dread the sight of Matfield wearing "Black & White" Is he scared of pink??????

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-04-18 08:54

    Hoekom gaan jy nie liewers na die Leeus en help hulle met hul lyn stane en so sal jy goeie spel tyd kry dit is as jy weer wil terugkeer.Maar daar is baie goeie slote beskikbaar vir die Sprinboke hulle moet net gekies word en die jong spelers moet n' kans gegun word anders kry hulle nie ondervinding nie.

  • peter.fine1 - 2012-04-18 09:56

    The Stormers need a lock!

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