Brussow, Schalla, Matfield back in Bok fold

May 19, 2014 20
World champion Springboks Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger as well as two former Blitzbok stars, Cornal Hendricks and S’bura Sithole, are included in a 36-man squad to attend a national training camp in Durban from 25 to 28 May, the South African Rugby Union announced on Monday. Cell C Sharks back Sithole and Hendricks, the…

Matfield, Liefling appointed on Bulls coaching staff

November 20, 2012 5
The Vodacom Bulls on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Victor Matfield as their new Forwards and Attack Coach for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season, while also naming Derick Hougaard as a skills and kicking coach and Handrè Pollard as part of their extended playing squad for the new season. Former Vodacom Bulls captain Matfield…

Still on target

September 19, 2012 66
It is easy to criticize and say what Meyer is not getting right at the moment, but has anyone sat back to consider what he is being quite successful in doing in only 7 tests? When results don’t go your way it is very easy to focus on the negative, but like any team, or…

Building bridges

April 26, 2012 248
Where Meyer is now more confident in including a number of youngsters for the upcoming test series against England, his most important decision remains who he will select as skipper. Injuries to key senior players and problems associated with getting overseas based players released in time for tests has prompted a change in thinking for…

Meyer to bring back more than just Vic

April 16, 2012 70
With no time to prepare for England, new Bok coach Heyneke Meyer may bring back a few more players than just Victor Matfield. Reports on Rugby365.com suggests that Meyer has given SA Rugby a list of players he believe will be crucial for the 3 incoming tests against England, his first as coach. The main…

Meyer wants Matfield as captain

April 15, 2012 4
SA rugby will today announce a number of appointments within its organization, but none more important than Heyneke Meyer’s coaching team. It has been known for some time that Meyer had his eyes on many individuals of his former coaching team at the Bulls – a fact confirmed in the press release from SA Rugby…

Matfield joins Bulls as coach, consultant

December 5, 2011 14
Former Springboks and Vodacom Bulls legend Victor Matfield will join the Vodacom Bulls on a consultancy basis for the 2012 Super Rugby season. Matfield will be used as a specialist coach, concentrating on line-outs and general forward play on a weekly basis. The most capped lock in Springbok rugby will soon start a new career…

Farewell, legends…

October 25, 2011 6
The South African Rugby Union paid tribute to Springbok captain John Smit and vice-captain Victor Matfield today, following their retirement from international rugby. John Smit arrived in England this morning to take up a two-year contract with the London-based Saracens club, while Victor Matfield has announced his retirement from all rugby. He will make one…

A tribute to Bok warriors

October 10, 2011 35
I had to re-post this article here because as I read it, I wondered why no respected SA journalist could come up with a fitting tribute like this. Peter Bills - NZ Herald Whatever the world may come to think about South Africa's loss of the Rugby World Cup and the manner of its defeat,…

Victor was the difference

June 13, 2011 77
The captaincy of Victor Matfield was a crucial factor in the Bulls’ Super Rugby victory over the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, coach Frans Ludeke believes. JJ Harmse - Sport24 The Bulls won 19-16 and had to see off a spirited fight back from the home side in the closing stages. Ludeke said that his…

Smit boosts confidence

May 3, 2011 25
News24 columnist, Gary Boshoff, believes the Springboks will go to the World Cup with confidence given the announcement as Smit and Matfield as the leaders of the squad. Sport24 Springbok coach Peter De Villiers ended speculation about John Smit’s Rugby World Cup fate when he named him as Springbok captain for the 2011 tournament on…

Smit remains captain

May 2, 2011 52
John Smit, the most capped Test captain in history, was on Monday confirmed as Springbok captain for the 2011 international season. [caption id="attachment_23784" align="alignright" width="217" caption="Photo: SA Rugby"][/caption] Victor Matfield, the most capped player in Springbok history, was also confirmed as vice captain by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers at the conclusion of a two-day…

Bulls are back

May 2, 2011 4
Bulls captain Victor Matfield said that he would sleep much easier than the previous time his team enjoyed a week off during the Super Rugby competition. Sport24 Speaking after his team's 43-27 victory over the Chiefs at Loftus on Saturday, the Springbok stalwart admitted that he would have fewer worries during the break than he…

P.Divvy is a worried man

April 18, 2011 24
Adnaan Mohamed caught up with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers a couple of days before he names his first training group. Sport24 [caption id="attachment_23601" align="alignright" width="245" caption="Photo: ESPNscrum.com"][/caption] South Africa’s most experienced Springboks are currently struggling with their form. The Rugby World Cup is still a long way off, but Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers,…

Victor wants to crash the party

April 16, 2011 1
Decorated skipper Victor Matfield is urging the revamped Bulls to turn party-crashers tomorrow night so his barren streak at Suncorp Stadium ends before retirement. Jim Tucker writes in The Couriermail that this feature clash against the Reds will be the South African World Cup champion's final outing in Brisbane and never has he needed to…
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