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Monty calls it a day.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 30 Aug 2008 at 19:42

South African rugby’s first centurion and most-capped test player Percy Montgomery announced his retirement from international rugby after the Springboks’ 53-8 Tri-Nations win over Australia at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Superrugby reports that Montgomery, who achieved the 100-match milestone on his home ground Newlands against the All Blacks two weeks ago, will still be available for the rest of the Currie Cup season and also for the Stormers next year, he said after his 102nd test “It’s been a privilege to play for my country and I am blessed that I could do that,” Montgomery said. He said that he had often been asked why he carried on after the high of winning the World Cup with the Sringboks in 2007.

“But every time I put on the Bok jersey on was a high, and that happened eight times this year,” he said.

Asked when he had decided to retire, Montgomery said that the decision had been coming for some time. “After today’s win,” he said, “I felt it was the right time.”

The most important reason that prompted his retirement was to spend more time with his family and to be with his children as they grow up, he said.

Montgomery holds virtually every Test record for the Springboks. He made his Test debut against the British Lions in 1997.

Andy Marinos, manager of national teams, thanked Montgomery on behalf of SA Rugby and the Springbok team for his contribution over the years. “He has been a credit to the country, his family and his team mates. We wish him well,” Marinos said – and added that he had little doubt that more would be seen of Montgomery in other rugby capacities.


  • He may have had some ups and downs in his career, but finally there is someone who can be called a legend in SA Rugby.

    Monty has served SA well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.08 19:45:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Next highest playing Boks are:
    78 John Smit
    77 Victor Matfield
    56 CJ vd Linde
    52 Juan Smith / Bakkies Botha

    NONE of which I think will break his record.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.08 19:49:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • What a sad day…My legend Monty..

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.08 20:51:06 by Debs Reply
  • Good decision Monty. He is in decline now. No point in ruining what has been an amazing career! Thanks for the memories Monty!

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.08 21:11:03 by Villie Reply
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  • Well done Monty. Hope you finish your provincial career with a Super 14 trophy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.08 22:37:54 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    Thats what makes him even more special: he has shown that even fallible men, men who can fail and come short, can be LEGENDs.

    Monty could have given up many times, and looked down and out many times, but each time his talent and determination saw him through.

    Monty played much of his rugby with 2 other players who should have been absolute LEGENDs but for one reason or the other didnt play enough – Bobby Skinstad and Andre Snyman; I’m glad that he was able to play as much as he has.

    Go well Percy!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.08 23:24:16 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Monty you legend! Thanks for everything…

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.08 23:40:19 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • This guy is a huge loss to your national team.
    Still the best fullback in the world

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.08.08 06:59:06 by Offside Mac Reply


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