Ex-Bok lock wanted in Wales

2017-01-13 08:06
Franco van der Merwe (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Welsh club Cardiff Blues reportedly have their sights set on signing former Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe.

The 33-year-old, who played one Test for the Boks against the All Blacks in 2013, has been a star for Irish club Ulster since joining them from the Lions in 2014.

However, according to the Wales Online website, Van der Merwe could be on his way to the Arms Park.

Born in Paarl, Van der Merwe began his career with the Potchefstroom-based Leopards in 2004, before switching to the Golden Lions in 2006.

He stepped up to the Lions’ Super Rugby side in 2007 and made 85 appearances for them over seven years.

He has made 67 appearances for Ulster, initially arriving in Ireland on a two-year deal, before signing a one-year extension to cover this season.

His move to the Blues would need approval from the Welsh Rugby Union.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who would you like to see start in the No 10 jersey for the Springboks in the first Test against England in June?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.