Wayne van Heerden

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Wayne van Heerden
Date of birth (1979-03-29) 29 March 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Graaff-Reinet
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
School Spandau Secondary School, Graaff-Reinet
Hoërskool Brandwag, Uitenhage
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Port Elizabeth Police
Youth Career
1999–2000 Mighty Elephants
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present Port Elizabeth Police 4 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2005 Mighty Elephants 75 (100)
2002–2003 Sharks 15 (5)
2006–2008 Griquas 70 (50)
2009 Cheetahs 13 (10)
2010–2011 Suntory Sungoliath 21 (15)
2011–2013 Eastern Province Kings 46 (10)
Correct as of 30 March 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–1998 S.A. Schools ()
1998 South Africa Under-19 ()
2000 South Africa Under-21 3 (5)
2001 S.A. Under-23 3 (10)
2001–2002 S.A. 'A' 4 (0)
2001–2005 South Africa 7s ()
2011 South African Kings 3 (0)
Correct as of 21 February 2013

Wayne van Heerden (born 29 March 1979) is a former South African rugby union player,[1] who played mainly as a flanker for the majority of his career before becoming a lock towards the end of his career. He made in excess of 200 first class appearances and retired from professional rugby at the end of the 2013 season.

He currently plays amateur club rugby for Eastern Province Grand Challenge side Port Elizabeth Police.


Mighty Elephants[edit]

He made his first class debut for Port Elizabeth-based side Mighty Elephants in 2000, playing for them in the domestic Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions for the next six seasons, mainly in the First Division. During this time, he was also included in the Sharks Super Rugby squad in 2002 and 2003.


At the start of the 2006 season, he moved to Kimberley to join Griquas, where he plied his trade between 2006 and 2009. He also experienced some Super Rugby action during this time, making thirteen appearances for the Cheetahs during the 2009 Super 14 season.

Suntory Sungoliath[edit]

In 2010, he moved to Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath, where he played during the 2009–10[2] and 2010–11[3] Top League seasons.

Eastern Province Kings[edit]

He returned to the Eastern Cape at the conclusion of the 2010–11 Top League season, rejoining former side Mighty Elephants – which was rebranded the Eastern Province Kings in 2010 – during the 2011 Vodacom Cup season and made just short of 50 appearances for them during his second spell at the side.

He was initially named in the Kings wider training squad for their inaugural season of Super Rugby in 2013, but was subsequently released to their Vodacom Cup squad.[4]

He announced his retirement after the conclusion of the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season.[5]

Representative rugby[edit]

Van Heerden also made several appearances for various South African national sides – he played for the South African Schools side in 1997 and 1998, as well as for the Under–19 national side in 1998. He also played for South Africa at Under–21 level in 2000, at Under–23 level in 2001 and for a South African 'A' side in 2001 and 2002.

He joined the rugby sevens circuit in 2001 and represented the South African Sevens side – nicknamed the Blitzbokke – between 2001 and 2005.

In 2011, he also played for the South African Kings at the 2011 IRB Nations Cup competition.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Wayne van Heerden". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wayne van Heerden 2009–10 stats" (in Japanese). Top League. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wayne van Heerden 2010–11 stats" (in Japanese). Top League. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Green, Michael (7 January 2013). "Kings het geen plek vir Tiger". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wayne pak toks weg ná 230 stryde". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.