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Ultimate XV: Percy Montgomery

08/05/2020

The Dragons nominee for full back, as voted for by our supporters, for the regional all stars Ultimate XV is Percy Montgomery. The South African faces the tough task of facing Lee Byrne (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Scarlets) and Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues) in the latest poll...

CLICK HERE to vote for Percy..

Percy Montgomery, who also played at outside centre, spent two seasons at Rodney Parade from 2003-2005 making 38 appearances scoring 251 points. Montgomery amassed over 100 caps for the South African national team and at the time of his international retirement he held the all-time records for both caps and points scored for the Springboks. 

Montgomery began his domestic career for Western Province in the Currie Cup followed by the Stormers in Super Rugby. The left footed goal kicker moved to Wales in 2002 to join Newport RFC and then joined the Dragons after the 2003 reorganisation of Welsh rugby into a regional setup.

At the end of the 2004-05 season he returned to South Africa after signing for the Sharks to play for the club in both the Currie Cup and Super Rugby. He later spent the 2007-08 season in the French Top14 after signing for Perpignan before again returning to South Africa in 2008, to play where it all started at Western Province and the Stormers. Montgomery called time on his glittering career in May 2009.

Montgomery earned his first Springbok cap against the British and Irish Lions in 1997 playing at outside centre. He was a member of the South African1999 Rugby World Cup squad and amassed 50 caps by the end of 2001.

However, his Springbok career stalled after his move to Wales, since at that time players were only eligible for Springboks selection if they were playing domestically. After a change in policy, he was recalled by new coach Jake White in 2004. 

The full back was the leading points scorer in the Tri Nations in 2004 and 2005, and currently holds the record for the most points scored in a career by a Springbok rugby player. Montgomery was also the leading point scorer in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, playing a key role in the Boks’ successful march to the Webb Ellis Cup. Montgomery became the first Springbok to earn 100 caps, being awarded a gold cap after their game against the All Blacks in Cape Town.

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