Heinke van der Merwe
Full names: Hendrik Schalk
Date of birth: 3 May 1985
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Monument
Springbok no: 790
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.82m, 111kg
Current age: 37

Test summary: Tests: 5 Tries: 0
First Test: 24 Nov 2007 Age:22 Reserve against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Last Test: 18 Jul 2015 Age:30 Reserve against Australia at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), Brisbane
Test history:
24 Nov 200722ReserveWalesWin: 34-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
10 Nov 201227ReserveIrelandWin: 16-12 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinLeinster
17 Nov 201227ReserveScotlandWin: 21-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghLeinster
24 Nov 201227ReserveEnglandWin: 16-15 Twickenham, LondonLeinster
18 Jul 201530ReserveAustraliaLose: 20-24 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneFrancais

Heinke van der Merwe : lionspride.co.za

Van der Merwe has a fine rugby pedigree and is the son of former Transvaal player, Oupa. He is a silent workhorse, and is fearless on the field – facing any challenge with confidence and skill. Van der Merwe has a very bright future in rugby ahead of him, and made sure the whole of South Africa took note of him when he was selected for the Emerging Springboks in 2007. He went on to make his Springbok debut in November 2007, and was selected for the end of year Springbok tour in 2008, although he was not given the opportunity to play. Van der Merwe had a phenomenal year in 2008 and all eyes will be on him in 2009.