ESPN Classic has produced two original one-hour documentaries focusing on the careers of ex-Springbok rugby captains, John Smit and Victor Matfield.
Featuring interviews with coaches Heyneke Meyer, Pieter de Villiers and Jake White, fellow Springboks Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha and including personal reflections from the two men, the documentaries look back at their lives, from their early days, the roles they played at club level and their exploits – both on and off the field – until their retirement from international rugby after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Victor Matfield is widely regarded as being one of the best locks in the rugby union world – was a key player during a golden era of success for the Springboks.
This month’s portrait explains why he was quite so special. Club rugby – in the form of some epic Currie Cup Finals – also feature in October’s fifteen-a-side-friendly TV schedule.