Andrews’ mark eclipsed

Legendary lock Mark Andrews will see his place as the second most capped Springbok of all time eclipsed by Percy Montgomery on Saturday.

Andrews who jets out to Wellington today to watch the Vodacom Tri-Nations game said it was an incredible feat as he knows the sacrifices it took to reach the milestone of 77 Tests.

Andrews was the first man to reach the 50 Test mark for the Springboks and went on to play another 27 times for his country, 12 behind No 1 Joost van der Westhuyzen who has 89 Test caps.

On Saturday, fullback Percy Montgomery will earn his 78th Test cap. It will be his 81st appearance in a Springbok jersey – which is fourth on the all-time list.

“I’m proud to have played 77 times for my country, but it would be unfair of me to say that I’m prouder than a guy that played ten tests or even one Test,” Andrews told shortly before boarding the plane.

“In South Africa it is more difficult to reach the 50 Test mark as we have had so many coaches who change personnel regularly. I had six different coaches in seven years.”

“I never played for the records. I just played to play my best and I managed to stay there for 77 matches. It’s not really an issue for me,” he said.

Also on Saturday, Victor Matfield will become the ninth player to reach the half century mark in Tests for the Boks, while Os du Randt equals Andre Venter as the fourth most capped Test Bok on 66 Tests.

Most capped Test Boks of all-time (ahead of Wellington Test):

Joost van der Westhuizen 89
Mark Andrews 77
Percy Montgomery 77
Andre Venter 66
Os du Randt 65
Breyton Paulse 58
John Smit 55
Ollie le Roux 54
Victor Matfield 49

By Andrew Hollely