|Birth name||David Jacobus Serfontein|
|Date of birth||3 August 1954|
|Place of birth||Krugersdorp, South Africa|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
|School||Vanderbijlpark High School|
|Rugby union career|
Serfontein started his rugby career in 1974 at Maties where he was selected for the club's under-20 age group team. He was soon afterwards selected for the Western Province under-20 team and in his first match he played alongside the future South African cricketer, Peter Kirsten. In 1976 Serfontein made his provincial first team debut for Western Province against the touring All Blacks side of Andy Leslie. Western Province won this match 12 - 11.
At the start of the 1981 rugby season, Serfontein was appointed as Western Province captain. He went on to captain his province 51 times and also led his team to three consecutive Currie Cup titles, in 1982, 1983 and 1984.
Serfontein made his test debut for the Springboks on 31 May 1980 at his home ground, Newlands in Cape Town against the touring British and Irish Lions team, captained by Bill Beaumont. He also scored his first test try in this match. The test series against the Lions, was followed with tests against the South American Jaguars, France, Ireland, New Zealand ( the so-called Rebel Tour) and England.
Serfontein was selected as captain for the two test matches against the touring South American Jaguars in October 1984 and in so doing becomes the 39th Springbok test captain. Serfontein retired from rugby at the end of the 1984 season, having played 100 matches for Western Province and 19 consecutive test matches for the Springboks. He also scored 3 test tries.
|No.||Opposition||Result (SA 1st)||Position||Tries||Date||Venue|
|1.||British Lions||26–22||Scrumhalf||1||31 May 1980||Newlands, Cape Town|
|2.||British Lions||26–19||Scrumhalf||14 June 1980||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|3.||British Lions||12–10||Scrumhalf||28 June 1980||Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|4.||British Lions||13–17||Scrumhalf||12 July 1980||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
|5.||South American Jaguars||22–13||Scrumhalf||18 October 1980||Wanderers Club, Montevideo|
|6.||South American Jaguars||30–16||Scrumhalf||25 October 1980||Prince of Wales Country Club, Santiago|
|7.||France||37–15||Scrumhalf||1||8 November 1980||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
|8.||Ireland||23–15||Scrumhalf||30 May 1981||Newlands, Cape Town|
|9.||Ireland||12–10||Scrumhalf||6 June 1981||Kings Park Stadium, Durban|
|10.||New Zealand||9–14||Scrumhalf||15 August 1981||Lancaster Park, Christchurch|
|11.||New Zealand||24–12||Scrumhalf||29 August 1981||Athletic Park, Wellington|
|12.||New Zealand||22–25||Scrumhalf||12 September 1981||Eden Park, Auckland|
|13.||United States||38–7||Scrumhalf||20 September 1981||Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, New York|
|14.||South American Jaguars||50–18||Scrumhalf||27 March 1982||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
|15.||South American Jaguars||12–21||Scrumhalf||3 April 1982||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|16.||England||33–15||Scrumhalf||2 June 1984||Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|17.||England||35–9||Scrumhalf||9 June 1984||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg|
|18.||South American Jaguars||32–15||Scrumhalf (c)||1||20 October 1984||Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria|
|19.||South American Jaguars||22–13||Scrumhalf (c)||27 October 1984||Newlands, Cape Town|
Serfontein was named the SA Rugby player of the Year for 1982.
- List of South Africa national rugby union players – Springbok no. 508
- "David Jacobus Serfontein". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
- Van der Merwe, F. J. G. (Floris J. G.), 1951- (2007). Matieland is rugbyland, 1980-2006. Stellenbosch: SUN Press. pp. 108–111. ISBN 9781920109790. OCLC 190836768.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Jooste, Graham K. (1995). South African rugby test players 1949-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin. pp. 100–118. ISBN 0140250174. OCLC 36916860.
- SA Rugby Year Book-Jaarboek 1983. South African Rugby Board. 1982.
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