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Matfield comes out of retirement

Former South Africa captain Victor Matfield is returning to rugby after two years in retirement and has made himself available for the Springboks.

The 36-year-old, one of the most decorated players in South African rugby history, will make his return to the playing field for the Blue Bulls off the bench in Saturday's game against the Stormers in Polokwane.

A statement on www.thebulls.co.za read: "The Blue Bulls Company have offered Matfield a contract for 2014 and 2015, which he has gladly accepted as he still harbours dreams of representing the Springboks."

The Bulls have also secured Matfield's signature as coach for 2016 and 2017 - a deal he agreed to after he was granted permission to return to the playing field, having been part of the union's coaching structures in 2013.

Coach Frans Ludeke added: "To have someone with Victor's experience available for selection, as well as his expertise on the training field, is a win-win situation for us.

"He will not only add value as a senior player on the field, but will also continue to mentor younger players with his vast experience of rugby at all levels.

"Victor has been a superb servant of Springbok and Bulls rugby and he has shown on the training field in the last couple of months that he is still hungry to succeed at the top levels of the game."

The 110-cap lock led the Bulls to Super Rugby titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

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