COMMENTATOR: Before coming out of retirement, Victor Matfield did some some time in the studio with Supersport.
COMMENTATOR: Before coming out of retirement, Victor Matfield did some some time in the studio with Supersport.
CHILLING WITH A CHAMPION: Victor Matfield visits Nelson Mandela at his residence in Houghton in 2007. Photo: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Image
CHILLING WITH A CHAMPION: Victor Matfield visits Nelson Mandela at his residence in Houghton in 2007. Photo: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Image
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein. Tri Nations South Africa vs Australia 040910. Bok lock Victor Matfield offloads the ball to teammate Jaque Fourie despite Qude Cooper's attempt to stop him. Picture: Etienne Rothbart.
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein. Tri Nations South Africa vs Australia 040910. Bok lock Victor Matfield offloads the ball to teammate Jaque Fourie despite Qude Cooper's attempt to stop him. Picture: Etienne Rothbart.
LAP OF HONOUR: Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield celebrate after winning the 2004 Tri Nations in Durban.
LAP OF HONOUR: Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield celebrate after winning the 2004 Tri Nations in Durban.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Victor Matfield in training during his first tour with the Springboks in France in 2001. Duif du Toit/Touchline Photo
LIGHTWEIGHT: Victor Matfield in training during his first tour with the Springboks in France in 2001. Duif du Toit/Touchline Photo
8/29/2010.Victor Matfield became the third Springbok player to to reach 100 Test caps. 
Picture : Masi Losi
8/29/2010.Victor Matfield became the third Springbok player to to reach 100 Test caps. Picture : Masi Losi
BACK IN BUSINESS: Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers during the 2013 incoming tour between South Africa and Wales in Durban.
BACK IN BUSINESS: Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers during the 2013 incoming tour between South Africa and Wales in Durban.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha of South Africa pose with the Nelson Mandela Plate after the Tri-Nations rugby match between Australia and South Africa on 05 September 2009 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Photo by Tertius Pickard / Gallo Images
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha of South Africa pose with the Nelson Mandela Plate after the Tri-Nations rugby match between Australia and South Africa on 05 September 2009 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Tertius Pickard / Gallo Images
PERTH, AUSTRALIA: 14 August 2005, Victor Matfield kicking at goal during a training session as part of the South African Springboks Tri-Nations tour to Australia
Photo Credit: Duif du Toit\Touchline Photo
PERTH, AUSTRALIA: 14 August 2005, Victor Matfield kicking at goal during a training session as part of the South African Springboks Tri-Nations tour to Australia Photo Credit: Duif du Toit\Touchline Photo

Matfield will become the oldest player to wear the green and gold, at 37 years and 41 days this weekend, surpassing John Ackermann, who for many years was the oldest man to represent the Boks.