Full name Johannes Lodewikus van Heerden
Born July 18, 1951, Pretoria
Current age 63 years 131 days
Major teams South Africa, South Africa XV
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 231 lb
|Test debut||South Africa v British and Irish Lions at Port Elizabeth, Jul 13, 1974 match details|
|Last Test||South Africa v France at Pretoria, Nov 8, 1980 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Moaner Van Heerden is a former South African international who played as a Lock. He scored one try in 17 appearances for the Springboks and played against the Lions on their 1974 tour to South Africa.
Van Heerden will unfortunately be remembered for being right-hooked by the legendary JPR Williams who had sprinted 60 metres to hit him after a '99' call at the now infamous 'Battle of Boet Erasmus Stadium', in Port Elizabeth.
Ironicaly the pair met in 2005 and JPR spoke fondly of their more 'friendly' encounter. He told the Guardian: "Funnily enough, I bumped into him on a train from London to Cardiff last year and he asked 'do you remember me?' I had to admit that I didn't and he just said that he had played against me in South Africa in 1974.
"We had a lovely chat. When I got home I looked in the match programme and saw that it was the guy I had punched - and he never mentioned it during the whole time we were talking on the train. What a gentleman."
His son, Wikus Van Heerden, is also a South African international who currently plays for Saracens in the Guinness Premiership and was part of the 2007 South African World Cup winning side.