Victor Matfield's remarkable return from retirement to top class rugby has taken another twist when he was named Springbok captain for the June internationals against Wales and Scotland, almost three years after quitting the game.
The 37-year-old lock will lead the Springboks in the absence of injured regular skipper Jean de Villiers, having last done so at the 2011 World Cup.
Matfield has captained the Springboks in 17 of his 110 Tests.
Matfield will captain the team in an exhibition match against a World XV in Cape Town this weekend and then in Test matches against Wales on June 14th and 21st, as well as Scotland on June 28th.
The Bulls forward retired from rugby in 2011 but returned for the 2014 Super Rugby season, having been on the coaching staff of the Pretoria-based side for two seasons.