Franco van der Merwe
Franco van der Merwe (born 15 March 1983 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union footballer currently playing for London Irish in the RFU Championship. His regular playing position is lock, although he can also operate as a flanker. Previous clubs include Irish side Ulster in the Pro12, the Lions in Super Rugby and the Leopards and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.
|Date of birth||15 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Paarl, South Africa|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)|
|School||Hartswater High School|
|Rugby union career|
On 25 August 2017, he was named amongst the starting XV for a pre-season friendly game for London Irish against Richmond on a club trial.. On 31 August it was announced he had been signed by the club.