Flip van der Merwe

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Flip van der Merwe
Full name Phillip Rudolph van der Merwe
Date of birth (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Potchefstroom, South Africa
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 117 kg (18.4 st)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
Notable relative(s) François van der Merwe (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Free State Cheetahs
Blue Bulls
correct as of 31 May 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 12 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– South Africa 35 (5)
correct as of 21 June 2014.

Phillip Rudolph van der Merwe (born 3 June 1985 in Potchefstroom) is a South African rugby union footballer who plays in the lock position. In 2009, van der Merwe was recruited by the successful Super Rugby team the Bulls. Prior to joining the Bulls and the Blue Bulls, Van der Merwe played his rugby for the Free State Cheetahs.

On 12 June 2010 he played his first test for the South African national team, the Springboks, against France. His father Flippie won six caps for South Africa from 1981 to 1989.


Shortly before the 2015 Super Rugby season, the Bulls announced that Van der Merwe would leave after the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division to take up a contract with French Top 14 side Clermont.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Van der Merwe, Du Plessis off to France" (Press release). Bulls. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.