Alvi van der Merwe
Full names: Albertus Viljoen
Date of birth: 14 Sep 1908
Place of birth: Rawsonville
Schools: Worcester Gimnasium Rondebosch
Springbok no: 221
Debut test province: Western Province
Date of death: 18 Sep 1986 (Age 78)

Test summary: Tests: 1 Tries: 0
First Test: 5 Dec 1931 Age:23 Flank against Wales at St. Helens, Swansea
Last Test: 5 Dec 1931 Age:23 Flank against Wales at St. Helens, Swansea
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
05 Dec 193123FlankWalesWin: 8-3 St. Helens, SwanseaWP

A. VAN DER MERWE : 1931 United Tobacco Cigarette Card

Van der Merwe began his Rugby career wat Worcester Boys' High School in 1923. The following year he went to Rondebosch High, and for two years was one of the best forwards in school Rugby. In 1927 he returned to Worcester where he has been the leading player ever since. Heavy, strong and fast, he quickly caught the eye of the selectors, and in 1928 he played for Western Province against the All Blacks.

Van der Merwe is a solid hard-working forward, who makes the most of his strengths and weight. Notwithstanding this, he is very fast and never lags behind. He is 22 years old, weighs 200 lbs., and is 5 ft 10 ins. in height.