Victor Matfield

  • Victor Matfield

Position

Lock
Physical 200cm/110kg
Weight 110kg
Date of Birth 11 May 1977
Place of Birth Polokwane, RSA
Super Rugby Caps

138

Super Rugby Points 40
Super Rugby Debut Round 1, 1999 vs Brumbies, Johannesburg
Test Caps 113
Test Points 35
Test Debut 30 July 2001 vs Italy, Port Elizabeth
Biography  
   
   



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.