Francois Louw rugby player
Francois Louw rugby player

Francois Louw

15th Jun 1985 1.90m/109kg Openside Flanker

The versatile Bath loose forward has the ability play in any position in the back row, which made him an all-round threat to the opposition.

The former Stormers flanker has impressive breakdown skills and provides a significant physical presence which makes him a valuable asset for any team. Louw regularly finds himself in the Springbok starting lineup thanks to some sublime performances for club and nation.

His ability to steal the ball at the ruck and to form a vital link between the forwards and backline has seen him become one of the most respected forwards in world rugby.

He was once again included in the Rugby Championship squad leading to the 2015 World Cup. Louw was recalled into the Springboks squad ahead of the 2018 Rugby Championship having missed the June Tests against England.

In March 2019, Louw signed a new deal Bath Rugby having arrived in the West Country at the start of the 2011/12 season, making 130 appearances.

Louw was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and helped the team win the tournament, defeating England in the final.

During the World Cup, Louw featured prominently in the Springboks' successful Bomb Squad that received high praise for their impact from the bench in the latter stages of the game.

He made a telling impact during the World Cup winning a crucial penalty in the semi-final against Wales shortly after replacing Siya Kolisi.

After the tournament, Louw announced his retirement from test rugby and confirmed that the 2019/20 Premiership season would be his last.

Louw's career stats:

Test Career
Test Debut: v Wales @ Millennium Stadium, Jun 5, 2010
76 Tests
58 Starts
3 RWC appearances (2011, 2015, 2019)
17 RWC matches
10 Tries
2019 RWC Winner

Bath - Career
9 Seasons
134 Starts
140 Appearances
99 Premiership Appearances
11 Premiership tries
Premiership Finalist

Western Province - Career

65 Caps
Currie Cup Finalist

54 Caps
Super Rugby Finalist


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2008 - 2011
ply Plymouth Albion RFC
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2006 - 2011
sa South Africa
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2010 - 2019
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2013 - 2019
bath Bath Rugby
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