Stompie van der Merwe
Full names: Hendrik Stefanus
Date of birth: 24 Aug 1936
Place of birth: Krugersdorp
School: Hendrik Verwoerd
Springbok no: 365
Debut test province: Northern Transvaal
Physical: 1.89m, 99.8kg
Date of death: 4 Jun 1988 (Age 51)

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 0
First Test: 27 Aug 1960 Age:24 Lock against New Zealand at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 25 Jul 1964 Age:27 Lock against France at P.A.M. Brink Stadium, Springs
Test history:
27 Aug 196024LockNew ZealandWin: 8-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethN-Tvl
10 Aug 196326LockAustraliaLose: 5-9 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
24 Aug 196326LockAustraliaLose: 9-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgN-Tvl
07 Sep 196327LockAustraliaWin: 22-6 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethN-Tvl
25 Jul 196427LockFranceLose: 6-8 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsN-Tvl

Sketch in Springbok glory (1961) : JBG Thomas

Hendrik Stefanus van der Merwe was an unlucky forward, for, excellent player though he was, he had little chance of replacing the Test pair of Avril Malan and Claassen. He was there, like Piet van Zyl, as a permanent reserve, and like a few of his colleagues was unlucky to suffer a nasty back injury during the Tour, which kept him in hospital in Wales for a considerable period and out of the last nine British matches. He was a good line-out man and a hard-working allround forward who impressed me in many matches. He was another player who was cool and calm on the field, but never shirked the hard work, and, like all Springbok locks, was dedicated to immaculate scrummaging and honest mauling. He first achieved fame by his play for the Northern Transvaal in provincial matches before making the Junior Springboks XV against the All-Blacks in 1960. He played well then and when Claassen fell out through injury for the Fourth and final vital Test he was called to the Springbok colours and did a good job of work. A building inspector by profession, he should play rugby for many years if he has fully recovered from his injury.