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Flip reunited with Matfield

19th June 2014 14:10

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Flip van der Merwe at Springbok training

Special game: Flip van der Merwe

Returning lock Flip van der Merwe admits it will be "very special" when he plays alongside the most capped Springbok of all time, Victor Matfield.

Van der Merwe missed last week's first Test with Wales due to his brother's wedding but is back in green and gold for the final game of the series.

And for a forward who made his Bok debut on June 12, 2010, coincidentally partnering now veteran Matfield, he can't wait to join him again.

"It is very special, I had my first start in the Springbok jersey with Victor as well, it went well and I think we can continue that," the lock said.

"I think I've played some good rugby with Victor on my side and I am enjoying it."

He added: "Every game in the Springbok jersey is a big thing and you definitely have some heartache on a Saturday when you don't play.

"I had butterflies about the speech [at his brother's wedding reception] I had to do and not about running on for the Springboks.

"I definitely missed playing in the Springbok jersey and every Test you miss is a big one. Big ups to the coach for letting me go and attend my brother's wedding."

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