Matfield out to silence critics

Victor Matfield has sealed his playing return after signing a two-year contract with the Bulls.

Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield has sealed his playing return, two years after retiring. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Victor Matfield has told EWN Sport that while he acknowledges that there will be critics of his decision to come out of retirement, he still believes that he has plenty to offer both the Bulls and the Springboks.

The Bulls earlier today confirmed he'd signed a two-year contract with the Pretoria-based union. The 36-year-old last played at the 2011 rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Matfield says that it will take him time to adjust but that physically he feels up to a return.

"Like the people say with young players, if you're good enough, you're old enough, so if you're good enough, you can't be too old. It's all about conditioning. If anyone comes to the field and sees me running with the younger players at the Bulls, they'll see that I'm in good shape."

Matfield feels that he'll be able to provide a senior leadership role for the Springboks that has worked in the past.

"There are some guys that I really rate very highly, and I know it's not going to be easy. But maybe if I play with them I can be a right-hand man like Os du Randt did when he came back into the Springbok squad. Even Bobby Skinstad, who didn't play a lot at the World Cup, but had a huge impact on the squad."