After making just under 200 appearances for South African side the Lions, van der Merwe made the switch to fellow Super Rugby outfit the Sharks in 2013 prior to joining PRO 14 club Ulster a year later.

Franco van der Merwe goes over for London Irish who secured their first win since November Credit: Getty Images Charles Richardson , at Franklin's Gardens 24 January 2020 • 10:01pm

London Irish RFC is a professional English rugby union club, with an Irish Identity. Van der Merwe, 34, … After making just under 200 appearances for South African side the Lions, van der Merwe made the switch to fellow Super Rugby outfit the Sharks in 2013 prior to joining PRO 14 club Ulster a year later. 2:29am, 22 December 2019. Franco van der Merwe (born 15 March 1983 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union footballer currently playing for London Irish in Premiership Rugby.His regular playing position is lock, although he can also operate as a flanker.Previous clubs include Irish side Ulster in the Pro12, the Lions in Super Rugby and the Leopards and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. Harry Elrington, Dave Porecki and Sekope Kepu start in the front row with captain Franco van der Merwe and Adam Coleman in the second row. Sale ran in six tries in an emphatic victory at London Irish. Akker van der Merwe, Denny Solomona, Marland Yarde, Josh Beaumont, Rob du Preez and Rohan Janse van … Twenty-six-year-old Australian prop Ollie Hoskins joined London Irish from Western Force in the build up to the 2016/17 season. London Irish have signed South Africa lock Franco van der Merwe following his release by Cardiff Blues. Franco Van der Merwe London Irish Rugby Player Weybridge, Surrey, United Kingdom 500+ connections Franco van der Merwe doesn’t beat about the bush. He played Super Rugby with South African sides the Lions and Sharks and was capped against New Zealand in 2013. Franco van der Merwe has been ever-present for London Irish in the Premiership this season. Cape Town - London Irish have completed the signing of South African second row Franco van der Merwe for the 2017/18 Premiership Rugby season. The 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season is proving a very different experience for London Irish compared to their traumatic last top-flight campaign.

Capped by the Springboks, Franco van der Merwe is a real asset to London Irish’s back row.

Franco van der Merwe had agreed a move to Cardiff Blues from Ulster in January. London Irish has named its match day 23 to play Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). 3 Ollie Hoskins.

"I'm really happy to be here at London Irish," said van der Merwe.