Gerhard van den Heever rugby player
Gerhard van den Heever rugby player

Gerhard van den Heever

13th Apr 1989 1.92m/102kg Fullback

In early 2010, Van den Heever inherited Bryan Habana's number 11 shirt in the Bulls team after Habana's departure for the Stormers.

The speedster followed Habana's path and signed for the Stormers in 2011 and went on to make 26 appearances for the side.

Nicknamed Shadow by his former team-mates at Pretoria-based franchise the Bulls because of his acceleration and speed, van den Heever also provides bulk on the wing. He has an accomplished aerial game and is adept at chasing down kicks.

Van Den Heever joined Irish side Munster in November 2013 and made his debut that same month against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Pro 12, but sustained a broken bone in his hand during the game. He has also represented the province at ‘A’ level – 4 appearances – and at the inaugural Limerick World Club 7s at Thomond Park in August 2014.

In May 2016, he announced his departure from the club and signed with Yamaha Jubilo.

His form with Jubilo during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season led to him being named in the Sunwolves 2018 Super Rugby squad and will return to the competition that he made his debut in 2019.

In June Kubota Spears confirmed that he would join the side ahead of the 2018/19 Top League season. Following the 2021 Top League season and a number of stand out performances he qualified to represent Japan and was named in the squad by Jamie Joseph in May 2021 ahead of the match against the British and Irish Lions


Spears Kubota Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay
2018 - present
japan Japan
Right Wing
2021 - present
image (9) Bulls
2009 - 2011
stormers Stormers
Left Wing
2012 - 2013
image (12) Western Province
Right Wing
munster Munster Rugby
Right Wing
2013 - 2016
Copy of Jersey size (2) Shizuoka Blue Revs
2016 - 2017
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Right Wing
2018 - 2021