Bok door open for Mat­field – Meyer

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WHILE spec­u­la­tion rages on whether for­mer Spring­bok and Bulls lock Vic­tor Mat­field will come out of re­tire­ment ahead of next year’s Su­per Rugby sea­son, Spring­bok coach Heyneke Meyer opened the door for Mat­field to re­turn if he proves to be the best in his po­si­tion.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the Spring­boks’ team ho­tel in Joburg, Meyer lauded Mat­field for his abil­ity as a line-out spe­cial­ist.

While not con­firm­ing if Mat­field would re­turn, Meyer em­pha­sised that the void left by Mat­field at No 5 had still not been filled.

In the clos­est in­di­ca­tion yet that Mat­field could still be valu­able as a player for the Bulls and Spring­boks, Meyer said the more play­ers he had to choose from at lock, the bet­ter it would be for the Spring­boks for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Eng­land.

“You should speak to the player and his union about him com­ing back – it is not in my hands,” said Meyer.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved that we need qual­ity No 5 locks in this coun­try. If you are good enough and old enough, you can play. He has al­ways been a qual­ity player and he has also been fit.

“I’ve also heard the ru­mours and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if he is go­ing to play.”

Meyer added that young­sters com­ing through at No 5 were needed.

Meyer has no doubt that Mat­field’s fit­ness is still on a par with most in­ter­na­tional rugby play­ers. He re­peat­edly cited Mat­field’s skill with the ball in kick-offs.

Vic­tor Mat­field

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