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Matfield sticks to retirement plans

South Africa lock Victor Matfield has again reiterated his intentions to quit rugby after next year's World Cup as he prepares for his 100th game in a Springbok jersey.

The veteran is set to reach the landmark number of Test caps when South Africa face Australia in a Tri-Nations encounter in Pretoria on Saturday.

"You can never say never but at the moment that's the decision," said Matfield. "I think the World Cup will be the last of me, I'll play no more than that."

Looking ahead to the Test against the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld, Matfield added: "It will be great to play my 100th Test at Loftus, it has been a great place for me.

"It's like a second home, I have a lot of friends there and I've had some unbelievable times there.

"It's going to be very special playing at Loftus, and with the crowd and the field hopefully it can inspire us to win because that's what's most important."


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