Bryan Habana: 'Victor Matfield is a colossus of the game'

Victor Matfield of South Africa wins the line out ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015
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South Africa winger Bryan Habana tells Sports Mole that Victor Matfield will go down as a modern great having called time on his record-breaking 127-cap career.

South Africa winger Bryan Habana has said that Victor Matfield will go down as one of the greatest players in his position that rugby has ever seen.

The 38-year-old lock, who initially retired in 2011, called time on his international career on Friday night following the Springboks' 24-13 victory in the Rugby World Cup bronze-medal match.

Matfield captained the side on his 127th Test appearance for his country, retiring as the most-capped South African player of all time.

"To have come out of retirement at his age and still be playing the level of rugby that makes it worthwhile to have been back... he said from the beginning that he was only going to come back because he believed this team had something special, and we were two points, maybe another 20 minutes, away from getting to a World Cup final," Habana told Sports Mole.

"Victor is a true colossus of the game. He will go down and be remembered as one of the guys who number-five locks who want to be mentored will look up to. There are few that you could probably count on one hand - you think of the likes of Paul O'Connell and Victor Matfield, they spring to mind pretty easily. It's unbelievable."

Matfield and Habana were both members of the South Africa squad that won the World Cup in 2007.

South Africa's wing Bryan Habana waves before a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton community stadium in Brighton, south east England on September 19, 2015
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