Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Rugby | SA Rugby

Morne van der Merwe © Gallo Images

Former WP and Stormers prop passes away



Former Western Province and Stormers prop Morne van der Merwe has died after a two-year long battle with cancer. He was 39.

The 124kg front rower played for Eastern Province before he moved to Cape Town to join Western Province and the Stormers, whom he represented in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) confirmed the news on their Facebook page on Friday morning.

They posted: RIP Morné van der Merwe - our condolences go out to his family and friends - from all at WP Rugby.

Van der Merwe finished his playing career in the colours of Wellington in New Zealand where he packed down with former All Blacks hooker, Norm Hewitt.

“He was a really good man and he was a very, very good prop,” said Hewitt.

“I rate him as one of the top props that I played with in my career and I’m talking the top six or eight. He was a top man, a great team man, and did anything and everything you could want from a player.”

Van der Merwe is survived by his wife, Cindy, and their two children.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Putting things into context
First things first, no one associated with the All Blacks has accused the Wallabies of having any...

Gavin Rich
A way to release pressure on Elton
There may be a lot separating New Zealand from South Africa on the rugby field at the moment, but...

Brenden Nel
Bronze Blitzboks need introspection
The Blitzboks may have done well to get a bronze, but if we’re truly honest – their Olympic...

Super Wrap
And Super Rugby's Bok team is.....
"The drought is over! That is the happy news we bring long-suffering Lions fans everywhere..."