Victor Matfield

Victor Matfield

Top Rugby Personality/Businessman
Considered one of the best Locks in the world, Victor Matfield is a businessman and former top rugby union player and captained the Springboks, as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Bulls franchise in Super Rugby. In 2008, he captained the first team to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand since England in 2003. Victor was known for his success at disrupting opposition line-outs, which was a skill that was a cornerstone of the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup success, where he was crowned International Rugby Board player of the Rugby World Cup. He initially retired after the 2011 World Cup, leaving the game as the record Springbok cap holder, but returned after a two-year hiatus, signing a two-year playing contract with the Bulls for 2014 and 2015. *Image courtesy of Sport24  

After retiring from the Springboks in 2011, Victor considered a coaching career in Australia with the NSW Waratahs. He subsequently joined SuperSport as a TV presenter for the Super Rugby season. He was also part of the coaching team and served as assistant coach for the Blue Bulls provincial rugby team in 2013-2015. In 2015, it was announced that Victor would sign with the Northampton Saints after the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He played for Northampton for one season before ending his 21-year career in a game against Gloucester Rugby. He is now a proud family man, husband, and father to three daughters whom he is passionate about supporting in everything they do. When he’s not at home, he handles business as the CEO of Wildswinkel looking after the entire group, which came into effect in January 2019, following being the CEO of Wildswinkel Voere between 2017-2018.

Over the course of his career, Victor’s accolades include winning the Currie Cup final three times (2002, 2004 & 2009), the Super 14 title in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the Tri-Nations in 2004 and 2009, the Rugby World Cup in 2007, and was inducted into the University of Pretoria Hall of fame in 2008. With such a dynamic career he has had in rugby, Victor Matfield still has a desire to return to the sport as a coach. For now, he is focused on expanding his business, Wildswinkel Holdings, into various sectors, regions, and models.

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