Most people can recall one or two memorable record moments in the game – usually records that their national team has set. This Heritage Month, we look at the heritage of South African rugby –  those who set national and international records in the game. Many of our national record holders prove that size and strength are not everything, and that any player can make his mark in the game by focusing on his unique strengths.


Do you and your friend ever argue over who knows the most about the game? Test each other with these fun, record-holding facts.


  1. Most tries scored for South Africa – Bryan Habana set the national record for scoring 59 tries for SA.
  2. Top point scorer for South Africa in a test match – Percy Montgomery racked up 35 points for SA in 2007 against Namibia.
  3. Top try-scorer for South Africa in an international – Tonderai Chavanga scored six tries in 2005 when SA played Uruguay.
  4. Most drop goals in an international – André Pretorius is the second highest drop goal scored in an international with four drop goals against England in 2006.
  5. Fastest Centuries on an international tour – Naas Botha hit his century is just 6 matches in 1995 when touring to New Zealand.
  6. Most Capped South African player – Victor Matfield with 123 caps for SA.
  7. Most Capped Fullback –Percy Montgomery who played from 1997 to 2008.
  8. Most Capped Wing –Bryan Habana who played from 2004 to 2015.
  9. Most Capped Lock – Shared by South Africa’s Victor Matfield (2001 to 2015) and Australia’s Nathan Sharpe (2001 to 2012).
  10. Most tests as a referee – Jonathan Kaplan has refereed 70 test matches during 1996 to 2013.
  11. Most points scored in a year – South Africa holds the record for scoring 658 points in 2007.
  12. Most test wins for SA – Victor Matfield holds the national records for 76 wins out of 123 test games played.
  13. Brothers who played over 50 tests for their country – Bismarck (73 tests) and Jannie du Plessis (64 tests).
  14. Heaviest SA test player – Rudie Visagie weighed 138kg.
  15. Tallest SA test player – Andries Bekker was 2.08m tall.


Do you know of any other Springbok records that you think should be included? Share them with us by using #SARugbyStats in your posts/tweets. We want to hear from you!