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Test rugby's honours board

2010-08-30 15:05

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Lock Victor Matfield became the third Springbok - and 16th player overall - to play 100 Tests for his country on Saturday against the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

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Matfield joins Percy Montgomery (102 Tests) and John Smit (101 and counting) as Test centurions in the Green and Gold.

Matfield was the first of the three to emerge victorious in their milestone Test, after the Boks lost to the All Blacks in both Montgomery and Smit's 100th matches.

The 16 Test centurions:

1. George Gregan (Australia) - 139
2. Jason Leonard (England 114, British and Irish Lions 5) - 119
3. Fabien Pelous (France) - 118
4. Philippe Sella (France) - 111
5. George Smith (Australia) - 110
6. Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland 103, British and Irish Lions 6) - 109*
7. John Hayes (Ireland 102, British and Irish Lions 2) - 104*
8. Gareth Thomas (Wales 100, British and Irish Lions 3) - 103
T9. Stephen Larkham (Australia) - 102
T9. Percy Montgomery (South Africa) - 102
T11. David Campese (Australia) - 101
T11. Alessandro Troncon (Italy) - 101
T11. Ronan O'Gara (Ireland 99, British and Irish Lions 2) - 101*
T11. John Smit (South Africa) - 101*
T15. Chris Paterson (Scotland) - 100*
T15. Victor Matfield (South Africa) - 100*

* denotes still playing


Picture courtesy Springboks' Facebook page

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Comments
  • Al - 2010-08-30 15:14

    An extra large guy receives an extra small cap. Real sloppy.

  • Viv - 2010-08-30 15:56

    Well done Victor!! Watching you do a lap of honour around Loftus on Saturday brought a lump to the throat. You are one of those outstanding players who plays the game for the game. Never one to be called on dirty play, yellow carded or warned over and over again. You are a true sportsman who plays the game for the love of it. I take my hat off to you Victor - you deserved the win this weekend.

  • youmustbekiddingme - 2010-08-30 15:57

    And the honours board hasn't got much room for many more names. Looks like it is just above the floor too. Surely it should say "Tests" instead of Games. Also a bit sloppy I think

  • aWWSUM - 2010-08-30 16:32

    I've played 100 rugby games on my xbox, can I have my name on that board?

  • C H M - 2010-08-30 17:13

    AFTER A 100 GAMES ALL SARFU + SARA CAN COME UP WITH IS A GOLD CAP AGH SAME HOW ABOUT A KRUGER RAND WITH AN INSCRIPTION.NOT SOMETHING THE MOTHS WILL EAT UP IN A YEAR OR TWO

  • ray - 2010-08-31 09:28

    Not one ALL BLACK? Seems they know when to hang their boots up.

  • ray - 2010-08-31 09:30

    Not one ALL BLACK? Seems they know when to hang their boots up.

  • Historian - 2010-08-31 14:40

    @ C H M, you dumb chop! A cap is a time-honoured tradition and goes back to when players received an actual cap every time they represented their country. Where do you think the term, "Test Cap" comes from, twit?

  • Historian - 2010-08-31 14:41

    @ C H M, you dumb chop! A cap is a time-honoured tradition and goes back to when players received an actual cap every time they represented their country. Where do you think the term, "Test Cap" comes from, twit?

  • Kiwi - 2010-09-02 05:08

    not one kiwi yet . Looking forward to McCaw and Mils (both on 88) getting to the 100 mark around 2011 world cup

  • Eric - 2010-09-09 11:53

    I agree with 'youmustbekiddingme'. This looks like a very poor attempt to make an Honours Board. It should be "Tests" not games, It should be of such a size and shape that there is room for other names (Or is SARU going to make a new board each time a Springbok reaches this milestone). At the rate our coach is going with his retention of players, even if they are hopelessly out of form, we should have a few more names to add by the time of the World Cup.

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