|Date of Birth||11 May 1977|
|Place of Birth||Polokwane, RSA|
|Super Rugby Caps||
|Super Rugby Points||40|
|Super Rugby Debut||Round 1, 1999 vs Brumbies, Johannesburg|
|Test Debut||30 July 2001 vs Italy, Port Elizabeth|
Matfield’s return to the rugby field after a three year absence took many by surprise as there was general agreement that he took well to the coaching role he had with the Vodacom Bulls in 2013 The veteran lock’s return to rugby in February after retiring in 2011 resulted in a media frenzy back in South Africa with mixed feelings about the wisdom of this decision by Springbok rugby’s most experienced player. The player himself insisted that his body will be up to the rigours of playing in the toughest competition in the world.
There is little doubt that Matfield vast experience and proven leadership abilities will add tremendously to a youngish Bulls pack. The player will have a target on his back though, especially in the early part of the season, and will have to proof all his doubters wrong. Already with one of the best line-outs in the competition, the Bulls will feel even more comfortable with Matfield, generally rated as the best line-out exponent in the world, back in the line-up.