Franco won't reinvent the wheel

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:04
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Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe will not change the way he plays, despite moving to Irish province Ulster.

Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe will not change the way he plays, despite moving to Irish province Ulster.

The 31-year-old South African, who arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this week, said he is looking forward to the challenge of coming into a new set-up.

"Moving out of South Africa, to somewhere totally new, is the biggest step of my career," he said in an interview on the Ulster website.

"My wife and I are so excited to come to Ulster.

"We have heard so many good things from previous players, like Johann [Muller] and Ruan [Pienaar]. Everyone is just so positive and they speak so well about the Province."

Asked about his own game and what he expects from the change in home base, Van der Merwe said he will bring the same qualities to the Kingspan Stadium.

"In terms of rugby, there is no reason for me to come here and to try and reinvent the wheel," Van der Merwe said.

"I can only do the basics.

"I am here because of what I did in South Africa so I am going to do the same things again."

Van der Merwe spent eight years at the Golden Lions and Lions, winning the Currie Cup in 2011.

He played his 99th and final Super Rugby game for the Lions earlier this month.

"I have a lot of memories from the Lions." he said.

"I enjoyed every single day there. They gave me so much opportunity and they backed me from day one. I met up with a lot of players but over the years I made good friends - I know that they are friends for a lifetime."

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
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Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
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Sun, 17 December 2017
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Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4