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Victor Matfield won't play for Bulls on tour

Victor Matfield will act as one of the Bulls coaches on their tour

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Article Published: Wednesday 2 April 2014|

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named his team to play the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday with Victor Matfield out of the playing squad but fit again captain Flip van der Merwe starts.

Sixty-seven-cap Van der Merwe takes over from Victor Matfield in one of two changes to the starting pack that played against the Chiefs.

Matfield will revert to his coaching role on tour and will only play for the Bulls on this tour in special circumstances such as an injury to the other locks so Matfield, as well as Jono Ross, do not feature in the match day 23. The Bulls say that this was agreed with Matfield as part of the conditions of his return.

In the other, Jacques Engelbrecht comes in at number 8, with Dewald Potgieter moving to the side of the scrum in place of Jacques du Plessis, who moves to the bench.

"We are looking to start rotating players from now on and with the depth we have in the squad, it is something I don't mind doing," Ludeke said.

The Bulls left Johannesburg yesterday afternoon and due to the distance will only arrive in Wellington late Wednesday night New Zealand time, giving them one training session before heading to Napier.


Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht , Jan Serfontein , Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter , Francois Hougaard , Jacques Engelbrecht, Dewald Potgieter , Deon Stegmann, Flip van der Merwe (c), Paul Willemse , Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling .

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi , Marcel van der Merwe , Morne Mellett, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Piet van Zyl, Handre Pollard, Ulrich Beyers.

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