The most-capped Springbok in history, Percy Montgomery, confirmed today that his playing days are officially over.
Montgomery, who played 102 Tests and retired from international rugby after last year’s Vodacom Tri-Nations tournament, will join the Springbok Management as kicking consultant in June.
Confirming his retirement from playing today, he said: “I always planned to retire after this year’s Super 14.
“After my retirement from international rugby, I made myself available for the Stormers this season in the knowledge that I would play a back-up role. I am now looking forward to working as kicking consultant to the Boks, but this is the end for me as a player,” he said.
Montgomery added that rugby had given him many opportunities and cited the Boks’ World Cup win in 2007, Tri-Nations victories in 1998 and 2004, and the Absa Currie Cup titles won with Western Province amongst his greatest memories.
“I was given many opportunities to fulfill my dreams and ambitions and there are many people that inspired me along the way. They are too many to mention but I wish to thank them all for putting their faith in me,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery played over 300 first-class matches during his 13-year career. He was one of the most-capped internationals to play for the British Barbarians for whom he appeared 10 times.
Ironically, his international career as a player – as with his role as a member of Bok management – started against the British & Irish Lions in Durban.
“Rugby has been very good to me and now is my time to give back to rugby,” he said.
Percy Montgomery’s first-class career
Springbok Tests : 102
Springboks (non-Tests) : 2
Springboks XV : 2
Emerging Boks : 1
WP/Stormers : 61
Stormers friendlies : 3
Sharks : 21
WP : 47
Sharks : 4
WP (Nite series) : 8
WP friendlies : 6
Newport : 17
Newport Dragons : 38
Perpignan : 18
British Barbarians : 10
TOTAL : 340