Francois Louw (born (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 in Cape Town) is a South African rugby union flanker for the South Africa national team and for Bath in the Premiership in England. Louw is the grandson of the former South African international Jan Pickard.[6]

Francois Louw
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Birth nameLouis-Francois Pickard Louw
Date of birth (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 34)
Place of birthCape Town, South Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb) [2]
UniversityUniversity of Stellenbosch
Notable relative(s)Jan Pickard (grandfather)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Openside Flanker, Number 8
Current team Bath
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–present Bath Rugby 131 (80)
Correct as of 7 October 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2011 Western Province 65 (65)
Correct as of 28 March 2019
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2011 Stormers 54 (20)
Correct as of 7 October 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Africa [a]
Springboks [a]
Correct as of 03 November 2019

He attended Bishops College in Cape Town and played for their First XV in 2002 and 2003.

He represented the Stormers in Super Rugby, having made his debut during the 2008 season. He also played for Western Province in the Currie Cup. Louw was part of the Stormers team that lost the 2010 Super 14 Final to the Bulls. Following the Super 14 season, Louw made his debut for South Africa against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He played the entire game as South Africa won 34–31. Louw was selected for South Africa's next match in the mid-year tests, against France at his home ground, Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Louw scored the last of five tries, helping South Africa to a 42–17 victory. After taking part in South Africa's victorious two match series against Italy, including a try in the first Test, Louw made his Tri Nations debut in July 2010. It was the first time Louw experienced defeat as a Springbok, with New Zealand winning the game 32–12. Louw has been one of the best flankers in the Western Cape in 2010 and 2011, winning man of the match awards at Test level, and helping the Stormers become the stingiest defensive squad in Super Rugby. On 19 March 2011, he played admirably against the formidable Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, in a brutal North-South derby, stealing the ball at breakdown.

He has become a mainstay in the Springbok side, becoming the first choice openside flank under the reign of Heyneke Meyer. He has shown good breakdown work, having second most turnovers won at 2015 Rugby World Cup at 13.[7] He has also shown strong running and some skilful play. In 2013, against the All Blacks at Ellis Park, he made a strong run then an offload in the tackle to set up Bryan Habana for a try.

On 12 July 2011 it was announced that Louw signed for Bath Rugby on a 3-year deal.[8]

Louw was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[9] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[10]


  1. ^ a b In addition to playing in test matches, Louw featured in two non-test matches for South Africa.[3] In 2014[4] and 2015,[5] he played in matches against a World XV in Cape Town. These matches have an equivalent status to international tour matches, but were played on home soil.[3]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Francois Louw". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby". Bath Rugby web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b South African Rugby Annual 2018. South African Rugby Union. 2018. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-0-620-78461-0.
  4. ^ South African Rugby Annual 2015. South African Rugby Union. 2015. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-620-62087-1.
  5. ^ South African Rugby Annual 2016. South African Rugby Union. 2016. pp. 124–125. ISBN 978-0-620-69290-8.
  6. ^ "South Africa / Players & Officials / Francois Louw". Scrum. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  10. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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