Matfield leads Boks into battle

Victor Matfield has been appointed Springbok captain for the June series in the absence of Jean de Villiers.

The 37-year-old lock has captained the team in 17 of his 110 Tests, the last time against Samoa at the 2011 World Cup.

'Victor was a logical option – he knows the pressure associated with being Springbok captain as he’s been there before and he has vast captaincy experience at all levels of the game,' said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer. 'I also firmly believe Bismarck [du Plessis] has improved a lot in this role with the Sharks and I know he can still lead the Springboks. He’s 100% supportive of Victor and he will remain one of our vice-captains for the season [along with Fourie du Preez].

'Victor is someone who has the respect of all the players in our squad, as well as world-wide in rugby. He’s achieved a lot and has always put the team’s interests first, while most of the players in our squad have already played under him.'

Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

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