Hailing from Welkom, van der Merwe is a powerful member of the illustrious front row club and began his career with Super Rugby franchise the Cheetahs.
A graduate of the infamous Grey College, Bloem, van der Merwe plies his trade with the Bulls in Pretoria, where he has become an integral member of the setup.
On 28 June 2014, van der merwe made his debut against Scotland in Port Elizabeth. He has since gone on to date to obtain 5 caps for the Springboks. Despite injuries he is currently in the Springboks 2015 extended training squad.
In 2016 he announced that he would join Toulon in the French TOP 14 on a two-year deal.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, van der Merwe has had 13 Champions Cup appearances.
|2016 - present|
|2011 - 2013|
|2014 - 2015|
|2013 - 2016|
|2014 - 2016|
|South Africa A
|2016 - 2017|