The Springboks’ feisty scrum-half Faf de Klerk celebrates his 28th birthday today. To commemorate, we’re sharing some fun facts about the man!
- Faf de Klerk was born in Nelspruit, where he attended Laerskool Bergland before moving on to Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria. His persistence and fearlessness impressed his coaches at school.
- De Klerk made his debut for the Lions in 2014 in a game where he was instrumental in his team’s win against the Free State Cheetahs. A week later he shared the Man Of The Match award with his teammate Marnitz Boshoff in a match that saw the Lions thrash the Stormers 34-10.
- He made his debut for the Springboks in June 2016 at Newlands in Cape Town, helping them win the series 2-1 against Ireland.
- Faf now plays for the Sale Sharks, based in Manchester, in the English Premiership. He won the Sales Player Of The Year award for the 2017/2018 season, and was nominated for England Premiership Rugby Union Player Of The Season the same year.
- He is regarded as one of the best scrum halves in the world today.
Faf and the Springboks take on Japan in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match tomorrow at 12.15. Back our boys as they aim to make SA proud!