Monty rules out return

Percy Montgomery has no plans to return to rugby and is looking forward to his new role as the Springboks’ kicking coach.

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The most capped and prolific Springbok in history was always expected to retire after the 2009 Super 14 season. Montgomery played his final season at the franchise where he began his rugby, although he admitted his role with Stormers in 2009 was vastly different to the role he played in 1998.

‘After my retirement from international rugby [last year], I made myself available for the Stormers this season in the knowledge that I would play a back-up role,’ Montgomery said. ‘I am now looking forward to working as kicking consultant to the Boks, but this is the end for me as a player.’

With Conrad Jantjes’s season ending injury and concern over potential fullback Frans Steyn, there have been calls for Montgomery’s return. Ruan Pienaar could also miss the British & Irish Lions series and this would leave the Boks short in the goal-kicking department.

However, Montgomery’s contribution will be limited to that of a kicking consultant. He will link up with the Boks in June.

Percy Montgomery’s first-class career

International
Springbok Tests: 102
Springboks (non-Tests): 2
Springboks XV: 2
Emerging Boks: 1

Super 14
WP/Stormers: 61
Stormers friendlies: 3
Sharks: 21

Absa Currie Cup
WP: 47
Sharks: 4

Other (SA)
WP (Nite series): 8
WP friendlies: 6

Other (Overseas)
Newport: 17
Newport Dragons: 38
Perpignan: 18
British Barbarians: 10

TOTAL: 340