Vic’s blood is green

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 18 Mar 2008 at 11:57
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Big Vic Matfield sees his long-term future back in SA.

According to reports, Matfield, currently spending a month on the sidelines with a knee ligament strain,  is still planning on returning to SA to play for the Boks once his short-term contract with Toulon runs out. He is eyeing the mid-year test series against Wales as the ideal opportunity to return to the Bok team, assuming, of course, he is selected.

Some other number fives, in particular Sharks captain Johann Muller, have been putting in sterling performances week after week in the Super 14, while Matfield takes things easy in the French second division.  Let’s see if the Bok coach is true to his word about using form as the barometer for selection.

Also of interest will be to see whether Matfield opts to throw his lot in with the ailing Bulls, given that his mentor Heyneke Meyer is gone and his long-time partner-n-crime, Bakkies Botha, seems determined to head the other way.

My gut feel is that Big Vic might find that so much has changed in the time he has been away, that coming back  isn’t going to do very much to assuage his growing homesickness.


  • We have heard so many reports about John and Victor and other Bok players being home sick. I watched an interview done on Top Billing with John, Roxy and Emma and they looked pretty happy to me.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.08 12:01:47 by Nessa Reply
    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • Toulon’s South African international lock Victor Matfield will be out of action for up to four weeks, after injuring his left knee in the 30-13 win over Tarbes at the weekend.

    Matfield, who joined the ambitious Second Division side in the close season, had to leave the field in the 25th minute and x-rays later showed that he had strained ligaments in the joint.

    The club said in a statement that further tests will be conducted on Matfield to confirm the initial diagnosis.

    Following the win over Tarbes, Toulon ar seven points clear (with 67) at the top of the Pro D2 standings.

    In second place is the Mont de Marsan club, with Racing Métro a further three points back

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.08 12:17:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Nessa, have you ever seen anyone unhappy on Top Billing?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.08 12:28:14 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Prov – good point! Man they have some beautiful houses on that programme – one can only dream. And some of the trips they go on – I could have a job like that – travelling around the world checking out various holiday destinations. Tough job! :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.08 12:30:22 by Nessa Reply

    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • PJLD :lol:


  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.08 12:30:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • John just looked so cute with his little red haired girl pulling at his ears! He is just enjoying the time he is getting to spend with them. He missed her 1st birthday and was away for month prior to the World Cup. Nice to see him relaxed and smiling.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.08 12:38:00 by Nessa Reply

    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • In all seriousness though John is the type of guy that would make a huge success out of something like this.

    I always harp on about how some upcountry players won’t make be succesfull if they came to Dbn. I feel similarly about some SA players going to France.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.08 12:42:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I think a lot of the problem is that there is not a lot of English spoken in France – that must make it very difficult for South Africans who move there. The French are also not very hospitable.

    That’s probably why it is easier for the guys who go to the UK – like Brent, Butch, etc.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.08 12:49:45 by Nessa Reply

    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • John is a Boys High Boy. They prepared us to handle any situation with poise and aplomb ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.08 13:08:58 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • hah, prov that top billing comment made me laugh.

    vic should move to the sharks, we could use an extra lock.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.08 15:22:34 by knersboy Reply

    knersboyVodacom Cup player
  • Vulcans have green blood too..

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.08 15:58:56 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • never seen a vulcan in a starting 15 though, probably get red carded for using that passy outy hold thing of theirs on the opposing prop in the scrum

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.08 16:14:48 by knersboy Reply

    knersboyVodacom Cup player

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