PERSONAL DETAILS
FULL NAME Franco
SURNAME van der Merwe
HEIGHT 198 cm
WEIGHT 116 Kg
BIRTH DATE 15 March 1983
BIRTH PLACE Paarl
MARITIAL STATUS Married
FAVOURITE FILM Finding Nemo
FAVOURITE MUSIC U2, Robbie Williams
FAVOURITE FOOD Steak, Pizza
PRIMARY SCHOOL Hartswater Primary School
SECONDARY SCHOOL Hartswater High School
TERTIARY EDUCATION North West University - Potchefstroom campus
PLAYER WRITE-UP
If there was ever proof that hard work, good manners and a professional attitude will bring success in life, it is Franco van der Merwe. The Golden Lions lock has toiled away without any real reward for many seasons, but has never stopped giving everything for his team. He was rewarded with a call-up to the Springbok squad in June and again in November, and despite never making the Test team, he kept on working hard, giving his all for the team. Van der Merwe is a hard-working lock that is very good in the lineouts, but also not shy of getting his jersey dirty.

Position: Lock
Province: Golden Lions (on loan to The Sharks in 2013)
Springbok number: 846
Test debut: 5 October 2013 vs NZ aged 30
Total tests: 1
Tour matches: 0
Total Springbok matches: 1
Win ratio: 0-1-0
Honours: SA U21, 2004 Tours: Ireland, Scotland & England, 2012

RUGBY CAREER
POSITION Lock
PROVINCE Golden Lions
TRIES 31
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 155
 
SPRINGBOK CAREER
CAPS 1
TRIES 0
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 0
TEST RECORD
OPPOSITION P W D L T C PE DG PTS
New Zealand 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
SQUAD LIST
Lions Vodacom Super Rugby - 2014
South Africa The Castle Lager Rugby Championship - 2013
MTN Golden Lions Absa Currie Cup Premier Division - 2013
MTN Lions Super Rugby Promotion & Relegation - 2013
South Africa Castle Lager Incoming Series - 2013
Sharks Vodacom Super Rugby - 2013
South Africa Castle Outgoing Tours - 2012
MTN Golden Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2012
South Africa Castle Incoming Tours - 2012
MTN Lions Vodacom Super Rugby - 2012
MTN Golden Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2011
MTN Lions Vodacom Super Rugby - 2011
Xerox Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2010
Lions Absa Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies - 2010
Auto & General Lions Vodacom Super 14 - 2010
Xerox Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2009
Xerox Lions Absa Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies - 2009
Xerox Golden Lions British & Irish Lions Tour - 2009
Emerging Springboks British & Irish Lions Tour - 2009
Auto & General Lions Vodacom Super 14 - 2009
Golden Lions Vodacom Cup - 2009
Lions MTN test - 2009
Xerox Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div - 2008
Xerox Lions Absa Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies - 2008
Golden Lions Vodacom Cup - 2008
Auto & General Lions Vodacom Super 14 - 2008
Golden Lions XV Absa Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies - 2007
Golden Lions ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div - 2007
Lions Vodacom Super 14 - 2007
Impala Leopards Vodacom Cup - 2006
Impala Leopards ABSA Currie Cup First Division - 2006
Impala Leopards ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2005
Leopards ABSA Currie Cup Qualifying Round - 2005
Impala Leopards Vodacom Cup - 2005
Leopards ABSA Currie Cup First Division - 2004
South Africa IRB U21 World Championships - 2004
Leopards Vodacom Cup - 2004
Leopards ABSA U20 A Section - 2003
Leopards U/19 U19 Competition - 2002

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