Gerhard Van Den Heever former Munster 7s Rugby Player has been called on by the Japanese Rugby Union to play for the national team squad for 2021 season.
The winger was chosen to train with the national team, he has made 29 appearances for Munster and has been included among the 52 players and team staff who will take part in the Japan National Team Wider Training Squad for 2021.
The squad was revealed by head coach Jamie Joseph earlier this month, The South African is also part of the Super Rugby league, he made his debut at Super Rugby with the Bulls at the young age of 19. He was part of a highly successful squad for the next 2-3 years, and even won the Super Rugby competition in 2010.
In August of 2014, Van Den Heever played for the Munster sevens side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival. The games took place at the Thomond park which showcased the speedsters pace and depth in the wing.
In 2016 the Munster’s star moved to Japan to play professional rugby in the country, he moved there initially to play for Yamaha Jubilo, but he is now currently playing for the Kubota Spears.
Van Den Heever, like many other foreigner may qualify for a national team if the have stayed in the country for a certain number of years. Recently a former New Zealand player has also been in talks to switch nations and play for Tonga under the ground of being of Tongan blood and since he hasn’t played for the All Blacks in over a three years.
This opens up a variety of player to add to team pools including and may present as an advantage for some Asian teams as they can recruit players generally bigger than their Asian locals. Hong Kong and the Philippines are also known for using this as tool to help them create bigger teams for the Asian series.