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Matfield doesn't seem to know what he is these days.
Victor Matfield is a legend in South African rugby. His achievements are unprecedented: over 100 Springbok cups, three Super Rugby titles, three Currie Cup, two Tri Nations and a World Cup medal. His feats will probably never be repeated again. Take a bow, Mr. Matfield! And stay seated.
There has been talk of Victor Matfield being coaxed out of retirement to captain the Springboks for the upcoming England tour in June this year. In fact, in order to do this, the rumour mill has also suggested he could represent the Sharks for the rest of the season.
However, Matfield is currently working two jobs: being a commentator and unbiased analyst for Supersport, as well as being the line-out consultant for the Bulls. Conflict of interest, anybody?
Firstly, on Matfield's Supersport job: what credentials does he have? Does playing over 100 games suddenly make you qualified to do the job of a giving balanced, unbiased insight on rugby matches? Maybe it does.
It just seems to soon for Matfield, after all his playing years and success, to come out and be impartial in this job. He is still too attached to the Bulls to be truly fair. When asked if he'd play for the Sharks, he said, "My blood will always be Blue".
And that just sums it up. Quit your job as line-out consultant, strip the Blue, then maybe you could do your job without hindrance. I'm not saying he's not entitled to support the Bulls in a private capacity. Of course he can! Just keep it away from the mic and cameras.
Now, onto Matfield's possible return. It seems that people have forgotten that this legend of over 100 test matches wasn't born a legend. He had to start sometime. Shouldn't we be saying that for the new generation of locks waiting to fill the roles of Matfield and his longtime partner, Bakkies Botha?
There is a whole list of young, eager and talented players waiting to get their start...just like Matfield was waiting. Andries Bekker is the obvious replacement who has bided his time. His time is now.
And there are a whole host of others, such as Eben Etsebeth, Rynhardt Elstadt, Juandre Kruger and Flip van der Merwe, who need that start too. Matfield's return at the age of 34 will only blunt the emergence of the next generation.
Time to sit back Mr Matfield, and reflect on the great career you had. Let the youngsters shine.