Matfield: I want to be the best

Matfield says he hopes to work his way back into the Springboks and play in his 4th world cup.

Victor Matfield announced his return to the playing field on 31 January. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Victor Matfield says he hopes to impress Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer sufficiently to work his way back into the Springboks and play his fourth Rugby World Cup in 2015.

On Friday it was finally confirmed that Matfield would be returning to the playing field and will be playing against the Stormers in a pre-season game in Polokwane today.

"It is actually a long time coming. After Heyneke got the job, he wanted me to play again."

He says his main aim is playing for the Springboks and to play in the world cup otherwise he would never have opted to return.

Matfield says that Meyer spoke to him specifically about getting involved in the national set-up.

"Maybe even contribute to the Springboks in another type of role rather than just playing but we'll have to see how it pans out. For me if I want to play again, I want to be the best."

Matfield says that he definitely will hang his boots up at the end of 2015 and then will return to the Bulls as a coach.

"It's nice to know that after I stop playing there is another career for me."

Matfield, who turns 37 in May, retired after the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and has since worked as a coach for the Bulls as well as an analyst on Supersport.