Matfield raring to go
Boks lock insist fatigue will not be an issue
Last Updated: June 2, 2009 7:56am
South Africa lock Victor Matfield insists fatigue will not be an issue for the Bulls players in the Springboks squad.
"It's such a big thing this whole Lions tour, so we'll quickly forget about all the sore body parts and just get on with it."
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Boks coach Peter de Villiers has named a 28-man squad for the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
That squad includes 10 members of the all-conquering Bulls, who sealed the Super 14s crown with their demolition of the Chiefs at the weekend.
However Matfield, the vice-captain of the Boks, believes the players will all be fit and raring to go.
He added: "It's been a tough 14-15 weeks, but we have a little break now. We're going away after tonight, we got a little break, which is 10 days off and then join up with the squad again on Tuesday.
"So we'll go away and relax a little bit and when we do get back together, I'm sure the focus will be there. It's such a big thing this whole Lions tour, so we'll quickly forget about all the sore body parts and just get on with it.
"Look, we're all really excited now. The Lions are really going to be tough, but we have an awesome team with a lot of experience, so it should all bode well for us."
Matfield is joined in the squad by Bulls team-mate Morne Steyn, with the highly-rated fly-half pushing to win his first cap.
However Matfield insists Steyn must maintain his form if he is to displace Ruan Pienaar from the starting XV.
"We're very happy for Morne," said Matfield.
"He really played well at the Bulls and had a big, big contribution to what we've done at the end there.
"He will still have to perform well to get that starting spot. A guy like Ruan was very good at the end-of-year tour last year.
"So it's great that there's competition. Everyone is pressed by someone and the more the competition, the better the guys will play."