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Friday, July 09, 2010

Percy Montgomery interview, tribute, and classic try from 1997

South Africa's highest ever points scorer, Percy Montgomery retired in 2008 after having held both Tri Nations and World Cup titles, as well as enjoying careers with Western Province, Newport, and Perpignan. I was able to catch up with Monty ahead of the this years Tri Nations.

What exactly are you up to these days?
Im the kicking coach with Boks and am loving being back in the mix. Am also bringing out a range of merchandise and a dvd... so watch this space.

Is it a permanent position, and what has it been like working with Morne Steyn?
Ja until the World Cup in NZ. Its a pleasure being part of the Boks. Morne has worked hard to get to his level. Hes a great chap. My job is to keep them sharp

What do you normally say to the players when you run on as waterboy?
Usually its "Are you thirsty?". We do get messages from the coaches to pass on, but if I spot something, I sometimes pass it on.

Your career was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, going from a situation where you were booed at Loftus, to being the highest ever points scorer for SA and a World Cup winner. Any regrets?
Definitely no regrets. Life is a challenge on and off the field.

Speaking of Loftus, does the try you scored against Australia in 1997 rank as one of your all time favourites?
Spot on!!

Did Springbok fullback Andre Joubert have a significant influence on your development, despite you playing centre at the time?
He was indeed a legend and a good man. I just listened and was fortunate to have had a lot of seniors around to learn from.

In your early days you started out as a 78kg centre, something that All Black Frank Bunce famously commented on. How challenging was it to transform yourself into a player with far greater muscle mass and explosive power?
Definitely not 78kg, I was 84/85kg. It was seriously hard work.

Talk us through the incident in the 2007 World Cup with Toby Flood pushing you over the advertising boards. What were your feelings at the time and did you expect him to get sent from the field?
Toby should have had a yellow card as I think refs should just be fair. Another incident was during the Super 14 final Sharks v Stormers , Bryan should have got a card.

How did you find your overseas stints at Newport and Perpignan respectively?
Both places were very different in lifestyles but the people in both were really accommodating and amazingly friendly.

When you were called back to South Africa by Jake White you had a much improved kicking technique and rate of success. What do you attribute that to?
It was just practice, practice, practice.

Where is your favourite place to visit, both within rugby and just for holiday?
Argentina

Did you do much surfing when you lived in Durban, and how does it compare to the icy waters in the Cape?
I surfed all the time in Durbs. In Cape Town I wear a thick wetsuit and have to watch out for great whites.

You were once into graphic design. Is it still a passion of yours?
Yes but I hardly ever have time these days.

How long did it take for your teammates do stop ribbing you over that Full Monty TV advert you did a while back?
Ha Ha! They still do.

Who, in your opinion, is the best fullback in world rugby at the moment?
Gio Aplon, Frans Steyn and Mils Muliaina

What are your predictions for the 2011 World Cup?
The Boks of course!!!

What do you think makes John Smit such a great captain and leader?
His character!!! Hes Barney the friendly dinosaur.

Tell us a bit about your website please?
Its not just about my career, its a way of keeping in touch with the fans and giving them a glimpse of my life behind the scenes as well. I try and update it as often as possible by adding new pics and stuff about what Im up to, but am normally so busy its hard to keep up. And yes it is me answering the questions. I like hearing what the public have to say.

Have you spent time on Rugbydump before?
Not much before now but I have seen some wicked clips, so I will visit it more often.

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Check out this tribute video that has a bonus try on the end - the one he scored against the Wallabies in 1997 at Loftus Versfeld. You can also find out more about Percy below.


As Percy mentioned, he has a website where he interacts with fans, posts blog entries, and has a whole bunch of photos from past and present. You can also read more about him and check up on some of the stats from his career.
Take a look at
Monty15.com 

Posted at 5:23 pm | 20 comments

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Bealy July 09, 2010 1:14 pm

Fairplay to him he had a hell of a career and a shitload of caps, cant take that away from him. Ran hot and cold though

P.S Pierre Spies is on HGH

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Anonymous July 09, 2010 1:18 pm

2nd

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Anonymous July 09, 2010 1:18 pm

oh and yes Spies is on HGH

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Benson July 09, 2010 1:25 pm

^ nothing like the character flaw of having to knock those better than you..

Nice piece on Percy. He doesn't give too much away though! His answers were quite short. That thing with Toby Flood in the final was crazy. Not sure how Flood got away with that. Probably for the best in the end anyway.

Andre Joubert - legend.

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Bealy July 09, 2010 1:50 pm

@ Benson
Just stating the facts mate, Dont get me wrong there are plenty of professional sportsman on it just Spies is clearly overdoing it.
Hence the blood clots he got just before RWC 07

And who says stating that someone is on HGH is "Knocking someone" its an everyday occurence in modern sport

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Anonymous July 09, 2010 2:27 pm

Bealy

Unless your statements re Spies on HGH can be backed up with evidence and substance, it's best you keep them to yourself. All you really are doing is declaring your total ignorance, and confirming to all and sundry that you are a fool.

best regards, Martin

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Anonymous July 09, 2010 2:57 pm

Doesn't say much does he?

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Benson July 09, 2010 3:03 pm

Thanks Martin. My sentiments exactly. It's totally off-topic too, so a dig no doubt, which brings me back to my original comment.

Re. Percy - yeah, pretty withdrawn really. Still interesting though

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Wolfman21 July 09, 2010 3:12 pm

Its a bit of a strange interview - Percy seems a little shy or quiet, although if it is a list of questions he answered by email, it makes sense. Its easy to forget that he was a joke for the first half of his international career, and it shows an impressive character to recover from that and become the world beater he was towards the end of his career.

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To RD July 09, 2010 3:14 pm

Could you perhaps delete Bealy's comments about Pierre Spies? It is edging very close towards libel, and it is not something you want on your website.

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Anonymous July 09, 2010 4:54 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Could have got as much insight with random answer generator.

appreciated how good he got later in career - overseas stints definitely helped him. Still amazed by the one step kicking style.

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Cheis July 09, 2010 4:58 pm

great player!! played his best rugby when in mattered most on the RWC'07

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creggs08 July 09, 2010 5:40 pm

seems a bit quiet but still the way he turned around his career is brilliant. top man

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RD July 09, 2010 5:53 pm

Stay on topic please guys. Percy will be checking out this thread at some stage, so lets keep things positive and respectful. Thanks

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EARugbyFan July 09, 2010 6:36 pm

Good On Him. Do you guys remember when he had bleached his hair? Some commentator remarked that he looked like "Johnny Bravo".

It was quite fitting given his antics at the time. Always a pleasure to watch though.

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Joost July 09, 2010 6:37 pm

Great player... The way he played in the '07 RWC was just unbelievable, top game. I've always felt South Afrika have just one spot still unfilled completely - and that's the void left by this blond bombshell.

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Bokke_2007 July 09, 2010 10:39 pm

Percy you legend! The beach boy look might have riled a few up on the veldt but as for raw talent and persistence he was up there with the best. And that awesome little two-step run-up, many great memories Percy. Thanks!

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Anonymous July 10, 2010 12:08 pm

Name anikalyzer: put the year of suffering on + "ok" = smile guarantee
thanks RD

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Donovan July 10, 2010 5:19 pm

I remember Percy's early days... Loads of very evident talent, but definitely unpredictable and error-ridden. He really did persevere, and it's crazy to think of the contrast with his later career - solid, composed, consistant, and dependable.

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Anonymous July 11, 2010 12:45 pm

Oh Bealy you idiot lol! Sounds like someone's got a man crush on Spies...completely topically unrelated comment - obsess much?

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