Ferdie Bergh

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Ferdie Bergh
Birth name Willem Ferdinand van Rheede van Oudtschoorn Bergh
Date of birth (1906-11-02)2 November 1906
Place of birth Stellenbosch
Date of death 28 May 1973(1973-05-28) (aged 66)
Place of death Cape Town
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1931–38 South Africa 17 (35)

Willem Ferdinand van Rheede van Oudtschoorn Bergh (2 November 1906 – 28 May 1973), better known as "Ferdie" Bergh, was a South African rugby union player.[1][2]

He was originally from Stellenbosch, well known as a Springbok rugby breeding ground.[2]

Ferdie Bergh gained 17 caps for South Africa between 1931 and 1938, scoring seven tries in that period.[1][2]

Willem Ferdinand van Rheede van Oudtschoorn Bergh may hold the record for having the longest name in international rugby,[1] comprising 43 letters in total, including seven words and five names ("Van Rheede" and "Van Oudtschoorn" counting as single names.

He is most famous for scoring the winning try in the only test rugby series ever won by South Africa in New Zealand.


  • Cotton, Fran (Ed.) (1984) The Book of Rugby Disasters & Bizarre Records. (Compiled by Chris Rhys. London. Century Publishing. ISBN 0-7126-0911-3)
  1. ^ a b c Cotton, p74
  2. ^ a b c Scrum.com player profile, retrieved 20 February 2010

External links

  • Player profile on scrum.com

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