Fritz van Heerden
Full names: Frederick Johannes
Date of birth: 29 Jun 1970
Place of birth: Roodepoort
School: Roodepoort
Springbok no: 606
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.98m, 104.8kg
Current age: 53

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 1
First Test: 4 Jun 1994 Age:23 Flank against England at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 10 Oct 1999 Age:29 Lock against Spain at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Test history:
04 Jun 199423FlankEnglandLose: 15-32 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
11 Jun 199423ReserveEnglandWin: 27-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
06 Aug 199424FlankNew ZealandDraw: 18-18 Eden Park, AucklandWP
12 Nov 199525FlankItalyWin: 40-21 Olympic Stadium, RomeWP
18 Nov 199525FlankEnglandWin: 24-14 Twickenham, LondonWP
31 Aug 199626ReserveNew ZealandWin: 32-22 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Nov 199626ReserveArgentinaWin: 46-15 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
16 Nov 199626ReserveArgentinaWin: 44-21 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
10 Jun 199726LockTongaWin: 74-101 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
28 Jun 199726ReserveBritainLose: 15-18 Kingspark, DurbanWP
05 Jul 199727ReserveBritainWin: 35-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
19 Jul 199727ReserveNew ZealandLose: 32-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Aug 199727ReserveNew ZealandLose: 35-55 Eden Park, AucklandWP
10 Oct 199929LockSpainWin: 47-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP

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Fritz van Heerden (born 29 June 1970) is a former South African rugby union player who played international rugby for the Springboks, and club rugby with Western Province and Leicester Tigers.

He joined Leicester Tigers in 1998, following fellow South African Joel Stransky, and joining up with Martin Johnson, replacing Matt Poole who acquired a knee injury at about the same time with Dean Richards (normally a number eight) playing lock. Also able to play flanker, he complemented Johnson's more powerful play with mobility, but perhaps more importantly he pioneered the contesting of the opposition's line-out throws.

He returned to South Africa in 1999 to try to play for his country in the 1999 World Cup, and was drafted into the side late as a replacement for Selborne Boome, playing against Spain. After the World Cup, he returned to Leicester where he helped in the development of England lock Ben Kay. He then retired.