13 Aug 2008

Montgomery gets 100th cap for Boks

9:43 am on 13 August 2008

South Africa's most capped player Percy Montgomery will celebrate his 100th Springbok cap against New Zealand in their Tri-Nations match in Cape Town early on Sunday morning.

Montgomery, 34, says it will be a special occasion to run out at Newlands for a match against the All Blacks.

Springboks coach Peter De Villiers made five changes to the Springbok team who charged to a 63-9 victory over Argentina last week in celebration of former President Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.

Fullback Conrad Jantjes makes way for Montgomery while lock Danie Rossouw and centre Francois Steyn have been recalled to the bench to replace the injured Bakkies Botha and Jaque Fourie.

Wing Bryan Habana and flanker Schalk Burger, who were rested as a precautionary measure a week ago, have recovered from injury in time to reclaim their places in the starting lineup.

Halfback Fourie du Preez takes over from Enrico Januarie.

South Africa: Percy Montgomery, JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield (captain), Andries Bekker, CJ van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, Luke Watson, Enrico Januarie, Francois Steyn, Conrad Jantjes.