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PERSONAL DETAILS
SURNAME van der Merwe
HEIGHT 186 cm
WEIGHT 125 Kg
BIRTH DATE 28 March 1973
BIRTH PLACE Port Elizabeth
MARITIAL STATUS Single
FAVOURITE FILM The Mission; Pulp Fiction
FAVOURITE MUSIC Dave Matthews; Pink Floyd
FAVOURITE FOOD Corned Beef Curry
PRIMARY SCHOOL Westering Primary
SECONDARY SCHOOL Westering High
TERTIARY EDUCATION University Port Elizabeth
PLAYER WRITE-UP
Highly rated young loosehead lured to the Cape from that fine front row fnishing school of Port Elizabeth. He made his Super 12 debut with the Sharks in 1999 but faced stiff competition for a starting berth with the Stormers as Toks van der Linde and the versatile Robbie Kempson were also in the mix. Morne understudied Frans Erasmus and Willie Meyer at E.P after being a late developer at the sport having favoured swimming at primary school and cricket at high school. After breaking into the U.P.E under-21 team he quickly made up for lost time developing into a highly mobile loosehead and was E.P's leading try-scorer in last season's Currie Cup with seven tries. Used to be the lead guitarist in a professional rock and pop band called "Some Other Band". A motorcycling enthusiast, Morne used to take his 900cc Suzuki for 280kph spins around the track in P.E. Nickname "the Fridge" stuck after EP scrumhalf Chad Alcok was slammed by his coach for keeping hold of the ball when "you had a man as a big as a refigerator outside you!" Playing Position: Prop Povince: EP 1995-1999 (67 matches); WP 2000-2004 (28 matches) Overseas Tours: Gauteng S12 1997 (1 match); Sharks S12 1999 (1 match); Stormers S12 2000-2003 (11 matches) Other Honours: WP Bankfin Currie Cup Sqd (9 Caps as at mid July 2002) WP Vodacom Shield 2003. Other: Wellington Lions in NZ.
RUGBY CAREER
TRIES 1
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 5
 
SQUAD LIST
Western Province Vodacom Shield - 2004
Western Province ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2004
Investec WP ABSA Reserve Div A - 2003
Investec WP ABSA Currie Cup - Premier Div. - 2003
Investec Western Province Vodacom Shield - 2003
Investec Stormers Vodacom Super 12 - 2003
Investec Western Province Bankfin Currie Cup - 2002
Western Province SA 'A' SA Cup - 2002
Stormers Vodacom Super 12 - 2002
Fedsure Western Province Bankfin Currie Cup - 2001
Stormers Vodacom Super 12 - 2001
Fedsure Western Province Vodacom Cup - 2000
Stormers Vodacom Super 12 - 2000
Callmore Mighty Elephants Bankfin Currie Cup - 1999
Sharks Winfield Super 12 - 1999
Eastern Province Vodacom Cup - 1999
Eastern Province Bankfin Currie Cup - 1998
Eastern Province Vodacom Cup - 1998
Eastern Province Invitation XV British & Irish Lions Tour - 1997
Eastern Province Bankfin Currie Cup - 1997
Gauteng Lions Winfield Super 12 - 1997
Eastern Province Bankfin Currie Cup - 1996

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