Franco van der Merwe

Franco van der Merwe
Personal information
Born (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983
Paarl, South Africa
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
School(s) attended Hartswater High School
University North-West University
Club information
Playing position Lock
Current club Ulster
Youth career
2002–2004 Leopards
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2004–2006 Leopards 58 (40)
2006–2014 Golden Lions 104 (50)
2007–2014 Lions 85 (35)
2013Sharks 16 (0)
2014–present Ulster 23 (15)
Representative team(s)
2004 South Africa Under-21 3 (0)
2009 Emerging Springboks 1 (0)
2013 South Africa 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 1 April 2015.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 24 April 2014.

Franco van der Merwe (born 15 March 1983 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is lock, although he can also operate as a flanker. He represents Irish side Ulster in the Pro12, having previously played for the Lions in Super Rugby and the Leopards and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.

He also joined the Sharks on loan for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[1]

Van der Merwe has been included in several Springbok squads since June 2012 and finally made his debut in the 2013 Rugby Championship match against New Zealand.[2]

He left the Lions to join Irish side Ulster prior to the 2014–15 Pro12 season.[3] He signed a two-year deal starting on 1 August 2014.


  1. "Lions to confirm mass exodus". Sport24. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. "All Blacks break Springboks' hearts in epic". ESPN. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. "Franco replaces Johann at Ulster". Rugby365. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.

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