Flip Van der Merwe

  • Flip Van der Merwe
  • Flip Van der Merwe
  • Flip Van der Merwe
  • Flip Van der Merwe
  • Flip Van der Merwe
Position Lock forward
Height 1.98
Weight 117kg
Date of Birth June 06 1985
Place of Birth  
Provincial Debut 2006 (Free State)
Provincial Caps 73
Provincial Points  35
Super Rugby Debut 2007 v Chiefs
Super Rugby Caps  72
Super Rugby Points  15
Test Debut 2010 v France
Test Caps  35
Test Points  5

Van der Merwe came close to being the most influential Vodacom Bulls player in their 2013 season and could easily take that mantle on his shoulders this time around. Having reached maturity as a player, the abrasive lock has grown into the no 5 role for the Springboks after excelling in the no 4 role for the Bulls and it will be interesting to see where he will be used most in 2014.
His ability to bruise, carry ball and call line-outs as well as providing leadership off the field makes Van der Merwe one of the most valuable players in his squad.