Meyer rules out Matfield return
May 23, 2012
Reports suggested Victor Matfield could make a return to the side © Getty Images
Matfield was rumoured to be on Meyer's radar as a potential skipper for their three-Test series with England in June, but, speaking to BBC Radio 5, Meyer said that Matfield "will not be back" on the field.
Matfield called time on his rugby career after the previous World Cup and could still be involved in a coaching capacity. In Matfield and Bakkies Botha's place - with the giant lock now turning out for Toulon - one potential second-row pairing could be the experienced Andries Bekker alongside hot prospect Eben Etzebeth.
Meyer's side meet on June 6, just three days before their first Test with England on June 9 in Durban and the coach admits that the timing is hardly ideal in relation to their preparation.
"There's a big concern about the lack of time we have to train together," Meyer told the BBC. "That's why it's difficult to pick a side because there will be injuries after those derbies. "It's not an ideal situation but you can't make excuses. It's going to be a huge challenge for us but the guys are really motivated."
Meyer also revealed in the interview that scrum-half Fourie du Preez is under consideration for selection despite currently playing in Japan.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Jonny Wilkinson is the face of Toulon but whisper it, they might be a better team without him. Paul Eddison examines the case for dropping the talisman
"It does sometimes get tough as you get older, but there's nothing else I'd rather do." Tom Hamilton talks to fly-half Dan Carter
Stingers, a rampaging Fijian and two Dannys looking to be champions of the world - Monday Maul looks at some key talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Top 14, Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership with fireworks and monsters both featuring