Matfield keen to coach Bulls

Date published: June 12 2015

South Africa lock Victor Matfield is eager to continue coaching the Bulls next year after playing his last game for the side.

Matfield has worked as an attack coach while still playing for the franchise this season, but his role along with the other coaches in Frans Ludeke's set-up will be reviewed on Friday by the Bulls' Board of Directors following a disappointing campaign.

As things stand Matfield is under contract to coach the Bulls in 2016 after he finishes his playing career at the Rugby World Cup later this year with the Springboks.

Matfield has been rested for the Bulls' fixture with the Cheetahs, their final game of the season, meaning he has playing his final game in blue.

The 38-year-old revealed what playing for the the Bulls has meant to him and admitted that he would have loved to play one last game at Loftus Versfeld, having won three Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

“I’ve always said after rugby I want to coach, and no better place than at the Bulls,” Matfield told Supersport.

“We have to see what happens, what they decide on Friday and how things are going to work. It isn’t something I can really talk about now but I’ve said it before, I’d love to coach and it would be fantastic if I could coach at the Bulls.

“It is difficult for me, I came back to play for the Springboks – the Bulls are always close to my heart, but it's almost more coaching there, helping out as a player.

"It will be tough to never play again at Loftus. I would have loved to have played this weekend again, maybe my last game.

"The Bulls will always be special to me, and hopefully I’ll have a few more years there in another capacity. I love the Bulls, and everything has to come to an end.

"I had a few more games for the Bulls than I thought I would in the last two years, it’s been good times.”