|Date of Birth||June 06 1985|
|Place of Birth|
|Provincial Debut||2006 (Free State)|
|Super Rugby Debut||2007 v Chiefs|
|Super Rugby Caps||74|
|Super Rugby Points||15|
|Test Debut||2010 v France|
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.