Faf de Klerk
François 'Faf' de Klerk (born 19 October 1991 in Nelspruit) is a South African rugby union player. He plays as a scrum-half for Sale Sharks in the English Premiership and for the South Africa national team.
Faf de Klerk playing for Sale Sharks, 2017
|Full name||François de Klerk|
|Date of birth||19 October 1991|
|Place of birth||Nelspruit, South Africa|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (180 lb)|
|School||Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria|
|Rugby union career|
He was a member of the South Africa team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
De Klerk was rewarded for his Super Rugby form when he was selected by the recently-appointed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee in South Africa’s 31-man squad for their 2016 three-test match series against Ireland and made his test debut as the starting scrum-half in the opening test at Newlands Stadium. In a tightly-fought series, Ireland won the first test 26−20, but the Springboks fought back to clinch the series, winning 32−26 in Johannesburg and 19−13 in Port Elizabeth.
After signing for Sale Sharks in 2017, De Klerk was ineligible to represent the Springboks due to having fewer than 30 caps. However, after this selection criterion was abolished in 2018, new Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus recalled De Klerk to the team for the 2018 three-test match series against England.
He was a member of South Africa's victorious 2019 Rugby Championship campaign and was duly selected for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. In their 20 October quarter-final match against Japan, he was named Player of the Match. He was a key player for South Africa's World Cup victory, being named as the starting scrum-half in three of their pool matches, as well as all their play-off games. He scored a try in their quarter-final win over Japan.
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- "Sale Sharks announce signing of South Africa international Faf de Klerk" (Press release). Sale Sharks. 8 May 2017. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- "Faf de Klerk commits to Sale Sharks until 2023". BusinessLIVE. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
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- Rees, Paul (24 October 2019). "Faf de Klerk: 'I guess moving to England was a blessing in disguise'". The Guardian.
- "England v South Africa: Can Faf de Klerk be stopped in World Cup final?". BBC Sport. 29 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
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- "Match 44, Quarter Final". South African Rugby Union. 20 October 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.