Former Springbok captain Victor Matfield has joined the Bulls' coaching team for next year's Super Rugby campaign.
Opinion is divided over whether Victor Matfield should come out of retirement and lead South Africa in a three-Test home series against England.
The Blue Bulls have lost only once this season and are ready for a Stormers side that is on a season-long unbeaten run.
Former Springbok captain Victor Matfield could come out of retirement -- but only if Heyneke Meyer is unveiled as the new Springbok coach.
The new season is about to start and will provide a weekly dress rehearsal for Springbok selectors.
Former Springbok and Bulls player Victor Matfield has been taken on as a line-out and general forward specialist coach for the Bulls' 2012 season.
When Victor Matfield plays his final game of first-class rugby, he brings the curtain down on the most successful rugby career of any South African.
The Springboks' Rugby World Cup title defence came to an end with a nail-biting 11-9 quarterfinal loss to Australia in Wellington on Sunday.
Lock Victor Matfield and centre Jean de Villiers' World Cup dreams are still alive, Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts confirmed on Monday.
Bakkies Botha will almost certainly miss SA's rugby World Cup opener, with the Springboks further hurt by an injury concern over winger Bryan Habana.
Victor Matfield says the team's timeout between now and their match against Wales is being used to focus on the team, and not his upcoming retirement.
Even though the Boks played more matches at Westpac Stadium, it does not necessarily mean they would have an advantage, says Victor Matfield
Springbok lock Johann Muller says their three world cup pool matches may be the best possible preparation for the team ahead of the knockout stages.
The Springboks' World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday and Frans Steyn and Pat Lambie have less than 24 hours to prove their fitness.
The Springboks will be handed a timely reality check by the New Zealanders in the weekend's Tri-Nation's Test, their last ahead of the World Cup.
South Africa have dropped captain John Smit to the bench amid five changes to the starting lineup for Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
Bulls players are firmly focused on the task at hand: to beat the Sharks in their Super Rugby match.
Ahead of Saturday's clash against the Stormers, Bulls captain Victor Matfield says the pressure is on both teams to qualify for the Super Rugby play
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has promised that they would not expose potential World Cup players to unnecessary risks.
John Smit, the most capped Test captain in history, was on Monday confirmed by Saru as Springbok captain for the 2011 international season.