Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield

Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield. Image: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Legendary former Bok to take up surprise coaching role

Legendary former Bok lock Victor Matfield is reportedly set to take up a new coaching role overseas on a consultancy basis.

Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield

Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield. Image: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Victor Matfield retired with 127 Bok caps to his name, and has become well known since then for a regular broadcast role on SuperSport, while he has also been involved in varying coaching roles.

In an interview with Sunday newspaper Rapport, the 46-year-old Matfield has confirmed he will now become a consultant to Japan, where he will work with their new head coach Eddie Jones.

“It’s nice to get involved on an international level and work with Eddie,” Matfield stated. “I’ve often said that I’m a big fan of Eddie.”

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The Brave Blossoms will play home Tests against Georgia and Italy in July before facing New Zealand at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on October 26. 

Matfield said he would travel to Japan twice to be involved in Brave Blossoms’ camps before their Tests, while also providing “weekly analysis of the opposition teams for Japan and forward plans.”

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Second stint for Jones at the helm of Japan

Eddie Jones recently took up a new job with Japan after a disastrous stint at the helm at the Wallabies which ended with a pool stage exit at the World Cup.

Amidst a variety of strange incidents during his time with Australia, a sneak peek of Stan Sport‘s feature, The Wallabies: Inside Rugby World Cup 2023 documentary shows a very odd interaction with players.

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The never-before-seen footage captures Jones brandishing a cattle prod during a team camp, warning players, “If you can’t run fast, I’ve got this – the cattle prodder. Bang!”

The short clip doesn’t provide context as to whether it was a serious threat or just in jest, but seeing Jones with the ‘cattle prod’ in hand will certainly raise eyebrows.

The documentary also revisits his fiery airport press conference in 2023, where he berated reporters as the Wallabies prepared to fly out for the World Cup in France.

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