Derek Sean van den Berg was born on 2 January 1946. Derek first played for Natal in 1971 and his last game was in 1975. Derek’s highlights in the ‘black and white’ came when he captained the side in 1973.
Derek was first chosen for South Africa for the sixth Springbok tour of France in 1974. He did not play in any of the tests in the series but played in three of the other tour games. He was then chosen for the second test in the fifth French tour of South Africa in 1975. He was again chosen for the first test against the All Blacks in 1976. Derek played a total of seven matches in the ‘green and gold’, four of which were test matches.