Veteran Bok Matfield signs for English club Northampton

Matfield will join up with his new club after playing at the Rugby World Cup.

FILE: Victor Matfield. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

LONDON - South Africa's veteran lock Victor Matfield has joined English Premiership side Northampton.

Matfield, the most capped Springbok with 123 international appearances, will join up with his new club after playing at the Rugby World Cup, which starts in England later this month.

"Victor is one of the outstanding forwards in world rugby," said Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder on the club website.

"He has been at the top of the game for well over a decade now and his selection by South Africa for a fourth consecutive World Cup shows that he remains a force to be reckoned with.

"We're very much looking forward to Victor joining up with the squad and believe he has a lot to offer the club, not only on the field, but also off it in terms of his leadership qualities and experience."

Matfield, 38, retired after the 2011 World Cup, but after two seasons as a coach with the Bulls returned to the game last year.

He announced in June that he was going to retire again after the World Cup and had been in line to take over as Bulls coach from Frans Ludeke, who has already stepped down, before changing his plans again.

"I join Saints to make the best contribution I possibly can and I have a genuine desire to hopefully play an instrumental role in a team effort, with the aim of lifting silverware in both the Aviva Premiership and the European Rugby Champions Cup," he said.

"For now I will focus only on the Springboks' campaign to win the Rugby World Cup but I am very excited about the journey with Saints from November onwards."