Van den Berg, Franco
Franco van den Berg, a prop for the Utah Warriors, is from Johannesburg, South Africa. Throughout his school life, he participated in multiple sports, but his main loves were rugby and track and field. His athletic highlight was becoming the national champion in the shot-put event at the 2014 South African Athletics Championship. As for rugby, he represented the provincial rugby sides in all age levels and signed his first professional contract with the Blue Bulls in 2015.
Van den Berg’s rugby career highlights include being a Currie Cup finalist at U19 in 2015 and U21 in 2017. Another highlight is being selected for the Junior Springboks, which played at the Junior Rugby World Cup in Manchester, England. He also won the Varsity Cup with the University of Pretoria team in 2017.
The 23-year-old Van den Berg graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce law degree from the University of Pretoria and is married with one daughter.