Matfield named Springbok captain
Veteran lock Victor Matfield was on Friday named skipper of the Springbok rugby squad to tour the British Isles next month.
Embattled South Africa coach Peter de Villiers also confirmed that flanker Juan Smith would be the tour vice-captain.
“With John Smit being injured and unavailable for such a challenging and important tour we obviously needed Victor’s leadership qualities,” said De Villiers.
“He has filled the role in the past with distinction and has led the Vodacom Bulls and Blue Bulls to a string of titles and has been Springbok vice-captain for a number of years.
“We’re aware of his workload this season and we’ll manage him accordingly.”
De Villiers is under pressure after a disastrous Tri-Nations tournament yielded just one win from six outings against New Zealand and Australia.
The world champions face Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England on consecutive Saturdays from November 6.© AFP 2013
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