16 August 2019
Franco van der Merwe
The Standley Family
|Weight||116kgs / 18st 4lbs|
|Height||198cm / 6ft 6ins|
|Date of Birth||15/3/1983|
Capped by the Springboks, Franco van der Merwe joined the club during the 2017/18 season.
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.
A leader on and off the pitch, the influential figure will look to play a big part for London Irish in the upcoming season.