Former Springbok fullback Percy Montgomery is celebrating his 45th birthday today! Here are some fun facts that you may not have known about the rugby hero.
- Percival “Percy” Colin Montgomery was born on March 15, 1974 in Walvis Bay, a territory of South Africa that became part of Namibia in 1994.
- He made 58 appearances for the Stormers, and 21 appearances for the Sharks.
- Percy played for the Springboks on 102 occasions. He made his Springbok debut against the British and Irish Lions in July 1997.
- Montgomery still holds the record for the most points scored in a career by a Springbok rugby player. He scored a total of 893 points for the Springboks.
- Became the first Springbok to score 800 Test match points. He reached this milestone against England on 14 September 2007. On the same day he equalled teammate Joost van der Westhuizen as the most-capped Springbok with 89 appearances.
- Montgomery was the leading point-scorer during the 2007 Rugby World Cup playing a significant role in helping the Springboks win the 2007 Rugby World Cup title.
- On May 13, 2003 while playing for Newport, Percy Montgomery was sent off the field for pushing a touch judge to the ground. He was fined heavily and was given a two-year ban, with 18 months suspended, for the offence of “assaulting a match official”. He missed the 2003 Rugby World Cup because of this ban.
- He became the first Springbok to earn 100 caps. He was awarded a gold cap after the Springboks’ match against the All Blacks in Cape Town in 2008.