19 Jun 2014

New Springbok Test record for Victor Matfield

1:38 pm on 19 June 2014

The Springbok veteran Victor Matfield will become the most-capped Test rugby player in the history of South African rugby when he leads the side against Wales in his 112th Test match in Nelspruit on Sunday.

Matfield made his Test debut on June 30, 2001 against Italy in Port Elizabeth.

He retired after the Rugby World Cup in 2011 on 110 caps, but made a highly successful return to the game earlier this year.

Matfield, who is also the most-capped Super Rugby player in South Africa, will captain a Springboks starting line-up which includes two changes from the team which beat Wales by 38-16 in Durban last week.

Both changes are in the pack, where Tendai Mtawarira returns at loosehead prop, with Gurthrö Steenkamp reverting to the bench, while Flip van der Merwe will partner Matfield in the second row in the place of Bakkies Botha.

The only other change to the team is amongst the backline reserves, where Wynand Olivier replaces the injured Johan Goosen to provide necessary midfield cover.

Ruan Pienaar will provide backup for halfback and first five, while Lwazi Mvovo can cover fullback and wing.