Reports this morning indicate that the Bulls are looking at both Victor Matfield and Derick Hougaard to make a return to Super Rugby next year.
SA Rugbymag and Sport24 seem to indicate that this is a done deal, with both players hitting the gym to get back to the fitness levels required to play professional rugby.
victor Matfield retired in 2011 and has had time with SuperSport and with the Bulls as forward and attacking coach, while Hougaard was forced to retire from rugby following a serious Achilles injury. He was with Saracens at the time, but hasn’t played any rugby in at least 2 years.
The Bulls have had a massive player exodus, partly due to the strong Euro and partly due to the fact that they have signed every Springbok schoolboy player, and there simply wasn’t money to pay the experienced players enough.
Whether this is a smart move from the Bulls, or whether it is something that will cost Matfield his ‘legend’ status, remains to be seen. The Bulls desperately need some experience in their line-up, if they are to compete for the Super Rugby trophy, but I cannot help feel that they could have spent their money more wisely.Tweet