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Victor Matfield

 

 

Rugby Player
 
Birthdate: May 11, 1977
Victor Matfield
Nationality: South African
Home Country: South Africa
   
Tour Ranking: TBA
HCP: 11
   
Other Links: Victor at Wikipedia
  Victor at SA Rugby  
 

Victor Matfield is a South African rugby union player, coach and TV commentator who captained and played in the second row for the South African national team, the Springboks, the Currie Cup for the Blue Bulls and the Super 14 for the Bulls. He became World Champion in 2007 with the "Springboks". He is considered one of the best locks in the world. Over the course of his career, Victor has won the Currie Cup final three times (2002, 2004 & 2009), the Super 14 title in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the Tri-Nations in 2004 and 2009 and the Rugby World Cup in 2007. In 2008 he was inducted into the University of Pretoria Hall of fame. Besides almost always winning his own line-out ball, Victor is known for his exceptional skill at disrupting opposition line-outs – this skill was a cornerstone of their 2007 World Cup success, where he was crowned IRB (International Rugby Board) player of the Rugby World Cup. In 2008 he became the first international captain to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand since Martin Johnson in 2003. Victor initially retired after the 2011 World Cup after an impressive career, leaving the game as the record Springbok cap holder. He eventually enrolled domestically as a SuperSport (TV) presenter for the Super Rugby season. He was also part of the coaching team and served as a line-out consultant for the Blue Bulls provincial rugby team in 2013. After a two-year hiatus he returned to the game by signing a two-year playing contract with the Bulls for 2014 and 2015.


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