Bok hooker Akker van der Merwe has signed with English club the Sale Sharks until 2022.
SA Rugby magazine identifies the forward to watch from each Vodacom Super Rugby team.
Coach Robert du Preez has included nine Springboks in the Sharks starting lineup to face the Vodacom Bulls in their final pre-season game in Ballito on Saturday.
The Sale Sharks want to sign Springbok loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff and hooker Akker van der Merwe.
Akker van der Merwe says he understands the reasoning behind his omission from the Springboks’ end-of-year tour squad. DYLAN JACK reports.
Akker van der Merwe says he is happy to keep rotating at the Sharks, but does not want to be typecast as a super-sub. DYLAN JACK reports.
Akker van der Merwe has undergone a small medical procedure this week to treat an old knee injury. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
Former Scotland and Springbok hooker John Allan has criticised Schalk Brits’ inclusion in the November Test squad at the expense of Akker van der Merwe. DYLAN JACK reports.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says Akker van der Merwe was left out of the squad for the November Tests because he needs Schalk Brits’ experience.
Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe is wary of the threat posed by the Stormers ahead of their coastal derby at Newlands on Saturday.