Former SA prop dies

2013-01-18 10:04

Cape Town - Former Western Province and Stormers prop Morne van der Merwe has died after a two-year long battle with cancer. He was 39.

The 124kg front rower played for Eastern Province before he moved to Cape Town to join Western Province and the Stormers, whom he represented in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) confirmed the news on their Facebook page on Friday morning.

They posted: RIP Morné van der Merwe - our condolences go out to his family and friends - from all at WP Rugby.

Current Stormers and Springbok wing added his condolences on Twitter, writing: Saddened to wake up to the news that Morne van Der Merwe past away this morning. To Cindy,Josh & Matt you r in our thoughts & prayers.

Van der Merwe finished his playing career in the colours of Wellington in New Zealand where he packed down with former All Blacks hooker, Norm Hewitt.

“He was a really good man and he was a very, very good prop,” said Hewitt.

“I rate him as one of the top props that I played with in my career and I’m talking the top six or eight. He was a top man, a great team man, and did anything and everything you could want from a player.”

Van der Merwe is survived by his wife, Cindy, and their two children.


  • - 2013-01-18 09:06

    Shame man condolences to family and friends.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2013-01-18 09:19

    RIP "Ou GROTE"

  • sarah.bouttell - 2013-01-18 09:46

    My condolences to his family and friends. I know his mother occasionally pops in on this site, and I know that our messages will be conveyed.

  • pieter.thefuture - 2013-01-18 09:54

    Sad news - RIP Morne, thoughts are with his family

  • matt.prinsloo.1 - 2013-01-18 10:08

    RIP Morne. Jy was n yester!

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2013-01-18 10:13

    RIP Morne van der Merwe! Streeptrui met trots gedra

  • AntonBvanWyk - 2013-01-18 10:14

    RIP Morne you will be missed, we know you are in a better place with Jesus, see you when the trumpet sound!!! Love to your family!!

  • francois.fouche.12 - 2013-01-18 11:16

    Not only was he a great husband,father and rugby player, he also was a GREAT man of God!!!! We bring all glory to God who borrowed Morné to us. Al the best to Cindy and the boys. You will be missed, but not forgotten!

  • - 2013-01-18 11:22

    Groot verlies vir almal in SA. Sterkte vir sy hele familie en vriende. Salig rus ou grote

  • max.maxwell - 2013-01-18 13:08

    No more pain, Big Guy! Condolences to his family, friends and former team-mates!

  • tsireledzo - 2013-01-18 14:50

    rest in peace Morne

  • theo.doller - 2013-01-18 15:31

    ons almal dink aan sy familie,friende en span maats om so goeie man te verloor rip ou maat,ons almal sal jou nooit vergeet nie

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-18 16:54

    Rest in peace pal.......

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-18 17:32

    Morne we will mis you but on your short stay in life you entertained millions and may soul rest in peace my brother!!

  • markwmilligan - 2013-01-18 18:00


  • stormers.fanbasefull - 2013-01-18 18:51

    R.I.P. Big man - thought with your young family.

  • louis.j.roux.7 - 2013-01-18 20:31

    Morne was also an excellent musician and we played together in a band and even recorded one CD of which I am so proud (with Cape Town singer Ilse Gous). He made the gigs and performances a breeze. I will miss him very, very much.

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2013-01-19 08:04

    RIP, Morne. Condolences to the family.

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