Franco the pride of the Lions

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:21
Large franco van der merwe handso

Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe was named the 2013 Player of the Year at the annual Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) awards on Tuesday evening.

Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe was named the 2013 Player of the Year at the annual Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) awards on Tuesday evening.

Van der Merwe made his Springbok debut against New Zealand in the final match of the Rugby Championship in October.

He was awarded a commemorative GLRU blazer after celebrating 100 caps for the Golden Lions in the same month.

Ellis Park played host to the evening, where several individuals were honoured for their 2013 performances and achievements.

Prop Jacques van Rooyen, who made his first-class debut for the Lions this season, walked away with the Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Loose forward Jaco Kriel was named the Players' Player of the Year, while Currie Cup captain Derick Minnie took home the Forward Player of the Year award.

Minnie was also acknowledged for reaching the 50-match milestone in the Golden Lions jersey earlier this year.

Loose forward Willie Britz was named as the inaugural Supporters' Player of the Year, after over 2000 votes were cast by fans via the GLRU website.

Lions flyer Anthony Volmink walked away with the Backline Player of the Year award.

GLRU award winners:

Most Improved Player of the Year:Jacques van Rooyen
Players' Player of the Year: Jaco Kriel
Supporters' Player of the Year: Willie Britz
Forward Player of the Year: Derick Minnie
Backline Player of the Year: Anthony Volmink
Player of the Year: Franco van der Merwe

Under-21 awards:

Player of the Year: Ruaan Lerm
Forward Player of the Year: Steph de Wit
Backline Player of the Year: Marais Schmidt

U19 awards:

Player of the Year: Cyle Brink
Forward Player of the Year: Malcolm Marx
Backline Player of the Year: Koch Marx

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 09 December 2016
Northampton Saints v Leinster 19h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 10 December 2016
Ulster v Clermont Auvergne 13h00 Kingspan Stadium
Munster v Leicester Tigers 15h15 Thomond Park
Racing Metro v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Saracens v Sale Sharks 17h30 Allianz Park
Zebre v Toulouse 20h45 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Sun, 11 December 2016
Wasps v Connacht 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Montpellier v Castres 14h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulon v Scarlets 16h15 Stade Felix Mayol
Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux 17h30 Sandy Park
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9