Rugby Union: Toulon's Matfield gets nod for La Rochelle
South African lock Victor Matfield set to make his first appearance for French second division clubPARIS, January 3, 2008 - Star South African lock Victor Matfield looks
set to make his first appearance for French second division club Toulon on
Saturday against La Rochelle after the club named him in their 22-man squad.
The World Cup-winning second row, who has not played a game since the World
Cup final in October, joined the French side on January 1 on an 18-month
"Victor is available. He will be in the group of 22 players picked by the
coaches. It is not within my capacity to say what happens after that.
"Will he be picked for the starting XV? that is for the coaches to decide,"
said club president Mourad Boudjellal.
Matfield, 30, is not the first World Cup winner the French side has in
The South African will stand beside England's 2003 World champion Dan Lugar
and Australia's 1999 World Cup winning scrum-half and most capped
international George Gregan.
Toulon started the season firing on all cylinders and begin the New Year
seven points clear at the top of the division, having lost once in nine games.