|Birth name||Louis-Francois Pickard Louw|
|Date of birth||15 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (251 lb; 17 st 13 lb) |
|Notable relative(s)||Jan Pickard (grandfather)|
|Rugby union career|
He represented the Stormers in Super Rugby, having made his debut during the 2008 season. He also played for Western Province in the Currie Cup. Louw was part of the Stormers team that lost the 2010 Super 14 Final to the Bulls. Following the Super 14 season, Louw made his debut for South Africa against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He played the entire game as South Africa won 34–31. Louw was selected for South Africa's next match in the mid-year tests, against France at his home ground, Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Louw scored the last of five tries, helping South Africa to a 42–17 victory. After taking part in South Africa's victorious two match series against Italy, including a try in the first Test, Louw made his Tri Nations debut in July 2010. It was the first time Louw experienced defeat as a Springbok, with New Zealand winning the game 32–12. Louw has been one of the best flankers in the Western Cape in 2010 and 2011, winning man of the match awards at Test level, and helping the Stormers become the stingiest defensive squad in Super Rugby. On 19 March 2011, he played admirably against the formidable Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, in a brutal North-South derby, stealing the ball at breakdown.
He has become a mainstay in the Springbok side, becoming the first choice openside flank under the reign of Heyneke Meyer. He has shown good breakdown work, having second most turnovers won at 2015 Rugby World Cup at 13. He has also shown strong running and some skilful play. In 2013, against the All Blacks at Ellis Park, he made a strong run then an offload in the tackle to set up Bryan Habana for a try.
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