Schalk van der Merwe (rugby union)

Schalk Willem 'Hond' van der Merwe is a former South African rugby union player who last played for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup. He previously played for the Golden Lions, the Free State Cheetahs and the Griffons in domestic South African rugby, for the Lions and the Southern Kings in Super Rugby, for Montpellier in the French Top 14 and for Irish Pro14 side Ulster.[1] His usual position is prop.

Schalk van der Merwe
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Full nameSchalk Willem van der Merwe
Date of birth (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthTzaneen, South Africa
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight105 kg (231 lb; 16 st 7 lb)
SchoolGrey College
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Youth career
2006–2007 Griquas
2008–2011 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 UFS Shimlas 3 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013 Free State Cheetahs 15 (10)
2011 Emerging Cheetahs 1 (0)
2013Griffons 5 (5)
2014–2015 Lions 25 (5)
2014 Golden Lions 11 (10)
2015 Golden Lions XV 1 (10)
2015–2016 Montpellier 6 (0)
2017 Southern Kings 12 (0)
2017–2018 Ulster 4 (0)
2019Griffons 6 (5)
2019 Free State Cheetahs 3 (0)
Correct as of 8 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 South Africa Schools
2016 Barbarians 1 (0)
Correct as of 22 April 2018

He joined the Golden Lions prior to the 2014 season.[2] He was included in the Lions squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season[3] and made his debut in a 21–20 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.[4][5]

He joined Irish Pro14 side Ulster prior to the 2017–18 season.[6] He was released on 4 December 2018 after making just three Pro14 appearances.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Schalk van der Merwe". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "VS se Schalk word 'n Leeu". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  3. ^ "2014 Lions Super Rugby squad" (Press release). Lions. 11 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Match Centre: Cheetahs v Lions". SANZAR. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Cheetahs 20-21 Lions". South African Rugby Union. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ "South African prop to join this summer" (Press release). Ulster Rugby. 8 March 2017. Archived from the original on 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Schalk van der Merwe: Ulster release prop after three appearances". BBC. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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