Faf de Klerk rugby player
Faf de Klerk rugby player

Faf de Klerk

19th Oct 1991 1.72m/80kg Scrum Half

Francois "Faf" de Klerk was born in Nelspruit, South Africa and joined the Blue Bulls as a 16 year old in 2007.

He was included in the Lions squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season and made his debut in a 21–20 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Some impressive performances in the 2015 Super Rugby season led to him being included in Heyneke Meyers' 2015 extended Springbok training squad. It was his first call up into the Springbok fold.

De Klerk continued his good form as the Lions powered through the Super Rugby in 2016 and he made his Springbok debut against Ireland in 2016 and made a further 7 appearances for his country that year.

May 2017 saw de Klerk sign a three-year deal with Sale Sharks, replacing departing international No. 9's Mike Phillips and Peter Stringer.

He joins Sale Sharks from South African Super Rugby team the Lions, after helping the club reach their first ever Super Rugby final.

De Klerk was instant hit at Sale and at the conclusion of the 2017/18 Premiership season he was named the Sale Sharks Player of the Year and was voted as the Fans' Player of the Season.

He was also named in the Premiership Team of the Year and was shortlisted for the Player of the Season, he made twenty-five appearances for Sale in his first season scoring 97 points, showing exceptional skill and determination which eventually led to a call-up to the Springboks squad for the 2018 summer test series against England in South Africa.

He took his test cap tally to 21 by the end of the 2018 before signing a new deal with Sale Sharks which keeps him at the club until 2023.


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