Wikus van Heerden
Full names: Johannes Lodewikus
Date of birth: 25 Feb 1979
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Waterkloof
Springbok no: 744
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.93m, 105kg
Current age: 43

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 1
First Test: 7 Jun 2003 Age:24 Flank against Scotland at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 20 Oct 2007 Age:28 Reserve against England at Stade de France, Paris
Test history:
07 Jun 200324FlankScotlandWin: 29-25 Kingspark, DurbanLions
14 Jun 200324FlankScotlandWin: 28-19 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
12 Jul 200324FlankAustraliaWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownLions
19 Jul 200324FlankNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
02 Aug 200324ReserveAustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
07 Jul 200728FlankAustraliaLose: 17-251 tryStadium Australia, SydneyBlue Bulls
14 Jul 200728FlankNew ZealandLose: 6-33 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchBlue Bulls
25 Aug 200728ReserveScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
09 Sep 200728ReserveSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
14 Sep 200728FlankEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisBlue Bulls
22 Sep 200728FlankTongaWin: 30-25 Stade Felix Bollaert, LensBlue Bulls
30 Sep 200728FlankUSAWin: 64-15 Stade de la Mosson, MontpellierBlue Bulls
07 Oct 200728ReserveFijiWin: 37-20 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesBlue Bulls
20 Oct 200728ReserveEnglandWin: 15-6 Stade de France, ParisBlue Bulls

Wikus van Heerden : Suparugby

Rugby pumps through Wikus van Heerden’s veins. The former Springbok, Lions and Bulls flanker is the son of the legendary Springbok lock Moaner van Heerden.

Van Heerden was first spotted (along with Barend Pieterse) playing for Waterkloof Hoërskool in Pretoria and he was recruited to join the Lions the following year.

He was part of the Junior Lions which won the SA Under 21 competition in 2001 and the combination went on to win the Vodacom Cup in 2003.

“If I can sum up Van Heerden in one phrase it would definitely be ‘captain courageous’ says his former coach Eugene Eloff. “He didn’t speak a lot but his team-mates were inspired by his play and they followed him.”

Van Heerden was a member of the Springbok’s victorious World Cup side in 2007, won SuperRugby with the Bulls in 2008 and the Currie Cup with the Lions in 2011.

Wikus eventually played 99 games for the Lions and only a broken arm in his last season before retirement robbed him of his centenary.

He also played in 97 SuperRugby games for the Cats, Bulls and Lions.

He eventually played 240 first class games (Saracens excluded) and scored 49 first class tries, just missing out on another milestone.

  • Johannes Lodewikus van Heerden (Wikus), born 25/02/1979 in Johannesburg.
  • First Class Debut: 2000. Provincial career: Lions 2000-2006 & 10-11 99-17-0-0-0-85. Young Lions 2001-06 & 10 4-4-0-0-0-20, Blue Bulls 2007-08 15-6-0-0-0-30.
  • SuperRugby: Cats 2002, 2004-06 39-5-0-0-0-35, Bulls 2003, 07-08 38-12-0-0-0-60, Lions 2010-12 20-1-0-0-0-5.
  • Representative honours: SA 2003, 2007 Tests: 14-1-0-0-0-5, Tour 2-1-0-0-0-5. SA A 2004 4-0-0-0-0-0, SA Under 21, 2000 4-2-0-0-0-10, SA Under 19, Craven Week, Blue Bulls 1997.
  • First Class Record: 240-49-0-0-0-245.
  • He also played 21 games for Saracens in 2009-10 and scored two tries.

    Stats provided by Eddie Grieb.