Pat Montini
Full names: Patrick Evan
Date of birth: 15 Jun 1929
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Jan van Riebeeck
Springbok no: 328
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 72.58kg
Date of death: 26 Aug 2008 (Age 79)

Test summary: Tests: 2 Tries: 0
First Test: 26 May 1956 Age:26 Inside Centre against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Last Test: 2 Jun 1956 Age:26 Inside Centre against Australia at Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Test history:
26 May 195626Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 9-0 Sydney Cricket Ground, SydneyWP
02 Jun 195626Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 9-0 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, BrisbaneWP

Pat Montini : Doc Craven

The man whose speed put too much strain on his muscles and who had constant problems with injuries. Possibly a funny thing to say, but that was the truth. He was so quick off the mark that his muscles couldn't take it, but if those muscles had held, the world would have known much more about Pat Montini than was the case when he played for South Africa in 1956.

Although he played well on the '56 tour to New Zealand, his injuries kept him from realising his full potential and as a result he was badly missed in some very important games. He had hamstring problems throughout that tough campaign and, all in all, his career was a tragedy. A great potential that was, sadly, never fully realised.