Francois Louw
Full names: Louis-Francois Pickard
Date of birth: 15 Jun 1985
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Diocesan College (Bishops)
Springbok no: 815
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.9m, 110kg
Current age: 39

Test summary: Tests: 76 Tries: 10
First Test: 5 Jun 2010 Age:24 Flank against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Last Test: 2 Nov 2019 Age:34 Reserve against England at International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Test history:
05 Jun 201024FlankWalesWin: 34-31 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
12 Jun 201024FlankFranceWin: 42-171 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
19 Jun 201025FlankItalyWin: 29-131 tryPuma Stadium, WitbankWP
26 Jun 201025FlankItalyWin: 55-11 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
10 Jul 201025FlankNew ZealandLose: 12-32 Eden Park, AucklandWP
17 Jul 201025FlankNew ZealandLose: 17-31 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
21 Aug 201025ReserveNew ZealandLose: 22-29 National Stadium, JohannesburgWP
17 Sep 201126ReserveFijiWin: 49-3 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
22 Sep 201126ReserveNamibiaWin: 87-0 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityBath
09 Oct 201126ReserveAustraliaLose: 9-11 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
08 Sep 201227ReserveAustraliaLose: 19-26 Subiaco Oval, PerthBath
15 Sep 201227FlankNew ZealandLose: 11-21 Forsyth Barr Stadium, DunedinBath
29 Sep 201227FlankAustraliaWin: 31-81 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
06 Oct 201227FlankNew ZealandLose: 16-32 National Stadium, JohannesburgBath
10 Nov 201227FlankIrelandWin: 16-12 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBath
17 Nov 201227FlankScotlandWin: 21-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghBath
24 Nov 201227FlankEnglandWin: 16-15 Twickenham, LondonBath
08 Jun 201327FlankItalyWin: 44-10 Kingspark, DurbanBath
22 Jun 201328FlankSamoaWin: 56-232 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
17 Aug 201328FlankArgentinaWin: 73-13 National Stadium, JohannesburgBath
24 Aug 201328FlankArgentinaWin: 22-17 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaBath
07 Sep 201328FlankAustraliaWin: 38-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBath
14 Sep 201328FlankNew ZealandLose: 15-29 Eden Park, AucklandBath
28 Sep 201328FlankAustraliaWin: 28-8 Newlands, Cape TownBath
05 Oct 201328FlankNew ZealandLose: 27-38 Ellispark, JohannesburgBath
09 Nov 201328FlankWalesWin: 24-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBath
17 Nov 201328FlankScotlandWin: 28-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghBath
23 Nov 201328FlankFranceWin: 19-10 Stade de France, ParisBath
14 Jun 201428FlankWalesWin: 38-16 Kingspark, DurbanBath
21 Jun 201429FlankWalesWin: 31-30 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitBath
16 Aug 201429FlankArgentinaWin: 13-6 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
23 Aug 201429FlankArgentinaWin: 33-31 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaBath
06 Sep 201429FlankAustraliaLose: 23-24 Subiaco Oval, PerthBath
13 Sep 201429FlankNew ZealandLose: 10-14 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
18 Jul 201530FlankAustraliaLose: 20-24 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBath
25 Jul 201530FlankNew ZealandLose: 20-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgBath
19 Sep 201530FlankJapanLose: 32-341 tryBrighton Community Stadium, BrightonBath
26 Sep 201530FlankSamoaWin: 46-6 Villa Park, BirminghamBath
03 Oct 201530FlankScotlandWin: 34-16 St James Park, NewcastleBath
07 Oct 201530FlankUSAWin: 64-02 triesOlympic Stadium, LondonBath
17 Oct 201530FlankWalesWin: 23-19 Twickenham, LondonBath
24 Oct 201530FlankNew ZealandLose: 18-20 Twickenham, LondonBath
30 Oct 201530FlankArgentinaWin: 24-13 Olympic Stadium, LondonBath
11 Jun 201630FlankIrelandLose: 20-26 Newlands, Cape TownBath
18 Jun 201631FlankIrelandWin: 32-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgBath
25 Jun 201631FlankIrelandWin: 19-13 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethBath
20 Aug 201631FlankArgentinaWin: 30-23 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitBath
27 Aug 201631FlankArgentinaLose: 24-26 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaBath
10 Sep 201631FlankAustraliaLose: 17-23 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBath
17 Sep 201631FlankNew ZealandLose: 13-41 AMI Stadium (Rugby League Park), ChristchurchBath
01 Oct 201631FlankAustraliaWin: 18-10 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
08 Oct 201631FlankNew ZealandLose: 15-57 Kingspark, DurbanBath
30 Sep 201732FlankAustraliaDraw: 27-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBath
07 Oct 201732EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 24-25 Newlands, Cape TownBath
11 Nov 201732EighthmanIrelandLose: 3-38 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBath
18 Nov 201732FlankFranceWin: 18-17 Stade de France, ParisBath
25 Nov 201732FlankItalyWin: 35-61 tryStadio Euganeo, PaduaBath
18 Aug 201833FlankArgentinaWin: 34-21 Kingspark, DurbanBath
25 Aug 201833FlankArgentinaLose: 19-32 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaBath
08 Sep 201833ReserveAustraliaLose: 18-23 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBath
15 Sep 201833ReserveNew ZealandWin: 36-34 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
06 Oct 201833EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 30-32 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
10 Nov 201833ReserveFranceWin: 29-26 Stade de France, ParisBath
17 Nov 201833ReserveScotlandWin: 26-20 Murrayfield, EdinburghBath
24 Nov 201833ReserveWalesLose: 11-20 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBath
20 Jul 201934EighthmanAustraliaWin: 35-17 Ellispark, JohannesburgBath
27 Jul 201934ReserveNew ZealandDraw: 16-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
10 Aug 201934ReserveArgentinaWin: 46-13 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaBath
06 Sep 201934ReserveJapanWin: 41-7 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, SaitamaBath
21 Sep 201934ReserveNew ZealandLose: 13-23 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaBath
28 Sep 201934FlankNamibiaWin: 57-31 tryToyota Stadium, AichiBath
04 Oct 201934ReserveItalyWin: 49-3 Shizuoka Stadium, FukuroiBath
08 Oct 201934EighthmanCanadaWin: 66-7 Noevir Stadium, KobeBath
20 Oct 201934ReserveJapanWin: 26-3 Tokyo Stadium, Chofu, TokyoBath
27 Oct 201934ReserveWalesWin: 19-16 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaBath
02 Nov 201934ReserveEnglandWin: 32-12 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaBath

‘I bow out with a full heart’ – Francois Louw :

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok back-row forward, Francois Louw, has given his reaction to calling time on an impressive international career.

The 34-year-old brings down the curtain on Test rugby after capping a 10-year international journey with a winner’s medal in the 32-12 victory over England in Japan.

Louw made 76 Test appearances in a decade at the top, adding 2019 gold to the bronze he claimed in 2015. In all, he appeared in three Rugby World Cup tournaments.

“I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling career with the Springboks,” said Louw. “I bow out with a full heart.”

Louw won his first cap as a flanker under Peter de Villiers against Wales in 2010 and went on to be selected by each of the subsequent three coaches, whilst being based overseas with English club Bath, for whom he is in his ninth season.

He scored an impressive 10 Test tries – the last of them against Namibia in this year’s Rugby World Cup – and was a key member of the 2019 squad, coming on at crucial times either at the back of the scrum or at flank.

“Flo was a real warrior of the back-row,” said Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby.

“He was always ready to go where the fire was hottest and was the kind of tough-minded character that you’d always want beside you. He didn’t take a step backwards ever.

“He has been a tremendous servant of South African rugby and we’re losing a lot with his retirement, not just in how he played, but in the calmness, insight and character that he brought to the group.”

Louw was born in Cape Town to a rugby family – his grandfather, Jan Pickard, was a Springbok and a former president of Western Province. He attended Bishops school and graduated through the ranks of Western Province to make his senior professional debut in 2006.

He made 53 Super Rugby appearances for the Stormers – including an appearance in the 2010 Final – before pursuing his career in England.

“I’ve had an amazing journey in international rugby,” said Louw.

“I’ve made friends for life in the game and created incredible memories with great people.

“To end it as part of the Springbok Trophy Tour and see the joy and excitement we have brought to people’s lives is an incredible way to bow out.”