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Former SA prop gravely ill

2013-01-03 14:12

Wellington - Morne van der Merwe is not one of the all-time great players to have worn a Wellington jersey. Nonetheless, the prop's place in Lions rugby history is assured, having been part of the Norm Hewitt-captained team of 2000 who were the last Wellington (New Zealand) side to claim a national provincial championship (NPC) title.

But, according to The Dominion Post's Hamish Bidwell, at 39-years-old, Van der Merwe has just days to live.

The 124kg South African front rower was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago and his wife, Cindy, is hurriedly putting together mementoes of his life to keep for the couple's two young boys.

Van der Merwe was a stalwart of the Eastern Province, Western Province and Stormers teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s but the two years he spent playing in Wellington were among the happiest of his career.

Not only did he win a national provincial championship final in 2000 but he very nearly helped take the Ranfurly Shield off Canterbury the following year. In the eyes of many Lions fans, only referee Steve Walsh denied Wellington that opportunity.

They were wonderful times for the van der Merwes, who had originally come to Wellington as part of an elongated honeymoon.

Sport24

Comments
  • vanrooyenmara - 2013-01-03 14:19

    Jammer om te hoor............dit is so sad:(

      andre.swart.982 - 2013-01-04 11:48

      Wie is so siek om 'n "thumbs down" te gee as iemand simpatiseer????

      steve.werner.334 - 2013-01-04 21:19

      @andre.swart Dit is stupid mense wat dink hulle download die storie

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-05 10:43

      @Andre some people are cursed so they can't help themselves!!

  • ilze.wakefield - 2013-01-03 14:34

    Sad... Ons bid vir julle!

  • jannie.devos.56 - 2013-01-03 15:17

    Aaklige nuus! Sterkte vir hom, sy familie en vriende.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2013-01-03 15:26

    Sterkte aan vrou kinders en familie

  • WigzellRM - 2013-01-03 16:13

    Very sad. Sterkte almal.

  • markwmilligan - 2013-01-03 22:30

    Very Sad news.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 23:23

    I wish a speedy recovery for this young soldier!!

      charleen.merwe - 2013-01-04 20:44

      Thank u for your kind words for our son, Morne. From his Mom

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-05 10:40

      Like always Mrs Merwe and the entire family you're welcome!!

  • nicholas.wessels - 2013-01-04 09:12

    What a pathetic way to start an article about someone who is about to die: "Morne van der Merwe is not one of the all-time great players to have worn a Wellington jersey." Why could the author not find a positive way to start the article? Good luck Morne, I wish you and your family all the best in this difficult time.

      Kevin - 2013-01-04 10:13

      I agree with you 100%. Whoever wrote that needs a lesson in decency. I was fortunate to be at school with Morne and play sport with him. He is one legend I will not forget. He is a true man, devoted husband to Cindy and the best dad to his boys. My thoughts, prayers along with memories of Morne are with the Van Der Merwe family.

  • faroukg2 - 2013-01-04 09:34

    all the strength to the family

  • anaska.israel - 2013-01-04 13:59

    He is only 39 years old!!, he is still in the prime of his life. I pray tht he will live longer than a "few more days" - my thougths are with his family

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2013-01-04 20:22

    Onthou hom glad nie, maar dis baie hartseer om te hoor. Mag die Here sy vrou en kinders deur hierdie tyd dra.

  • charleen.merwe - 2013-01-04 20:42

    I wish to say that we, as Mornes parents are proud of the way he has fought this very diffi ult battle with such Faith and dignity, he will remain our shining star forever.

      colleen.balfour - 2013-01-05 10:20

      A very sad time for you and all his loved ones ...

  • anton.bohmer - 2013-01-05 09:55

    Baie sterkte aan hom en sy familie.

  • Sechaba30 - 2013-01-05 09:58

    Thats why I will never allow my kids to play rugby, this is a very sad news to his family more especially his kids and wife.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-05 17:11

      Sechaba you can't choose a hobby nor a sport for your children instead you have to encourage them, have you got children*moron*

  • ronald.scharneck - 2013-01-05 10:10

    what a FANTASTIC chap....i got to know Morne through my son also as a FANTASTIC lead guitarist....strength to the WHOLE family....my heart is really sore.....

  • elvinhenry.coulter - 2013-01-05 11:26

    God Bless him and the family. Remember your Dad is and always was, a great player. We don't forget the contribution he made in the cape. Province.....

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2013-01-05 15:54

    D@mmit whoever is responsible for all the thumbdowns,I wanna say you are a very sick person,my haert goes out to the van der Merwe family in this time of need,may the Almighty sustaiin you and make His face shine upon you.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-05 17:17

    Please people tell me who are these heartless animals that keep on thumbing down when people are trying to feel sorry about sad news on other people?

  • gerald.ahchow - 2013-01-06 00:44

    Charleen, Ronnie, Chantal, Morne and all the family - it is with great sadness to read about Mone and his illness - truly so sad - having known all of you for such a long time, I will contnue to pray for you all - Morne, extremely talented sportsman (rugby, soccer) and excellent musician - my heart truly goes out to all of you including Cindy and the children - have Faith - never stop Believing - Pray - love Gerald and all the family

  • gerald.ahchow - 2013-01-06 00:47

    Charleen, Ronnie, Chantal, Morne and all the family - it is with great sadness to read about Mone and his illness - truly so sad - having known all of you for such a long time, I will contnue to pray for you all - Morne, extremely talented sportsman (rugby, soccer) and excellent musician - my heart truly goes out to all of you including Cindy and the children - have Faith - never stop Believing - Pray - love Gerald and all the family

  • gerald.ahchow - 2013-01-06 00:48

    Charleen, Ronnie, Chantal, Morne and all the family - it is with great sadness to read about Mone and his illness - truly so sad - having known all of you for such a long time, I will contnue to pray for you all - Morne, extremely talented sportsman (rugby, soccer) and excellent musician - my heart truly goes out to all of you including Cindy and the children - have Faith - never stop Believing - Pray - love Gerald and all the family

  • gerald.ahchow - 2013-01-06 00:58

    Charleen, Ronnie, Chantal, Morne and all the family - it is with great sadness to read about Mone and his illness - truly so sad - having known all of you for such a long time, I will contnue to pray for you all - Morne, extremely talented sportsman (rugby, soccer) and excellent musician - my heart truly goes out to all of you including Cindy and the children - have Faith - never stop Believing - Pray - love Gerald and all the family

  • frankie.dionisio - 2013-01-06 12:19

    Have faith Family and be strong for with God everything is possible.Sterkte aan familie.

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-01-07 15:23

    Sorry ou bees

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