Ferdie Bergh

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Ferdie Bergh
Full name Willem Ferdinand van Rheede van Oudtschoorn Bergh
Nickname Ferdie
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
Playing career
Position Centre
National team(s)
Years Club / 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).


  • 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

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