He made his Super Rugby debut against the Chiefs in Hamilton and scored his first try for the Lions in their next match against the Highlanders in Dunedin. SA rugby exodus gathers pace as Akker van der Merwe also up for Sale. Cape Town - Sale Sharks announced on Monday the signing of Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe from the Sharks. By Ashfak Mohamed Feb 25, 2019 A él se suma su compañero, el primera línea Akker van der Merwe. Akker VAN DER MERWE is a 28-year-old South African rugby player standing at 1.78 m tall (5 ft 10 in) and weighing in at 108 kg (17 st 0.10 lb; 238.10 lb) , who currently plays for Sale Sharks in England as hooker. Sale Sharks are pleased to announce the signing of Springbok Akker van der Merwe from the Cell-C Sharks. In April 2014, Van der Merwe was a surprise inclusion in the Lions touring squad for their Australian leg of the 2014 Super Rugby season.