• Van der Merwe seals Premiership switch

    Scotland and Edinburgh wing Duhan van der Merwe will be joining the Worcester Warriors for the 2021-22 Premiership season.

    The South African-born wing switches to the Warriors having last October made a try-scoring Test debut for Scotland, after completing a three-year residential qualification at Edinburgh following a move from Montpellier.

    Van der Merwe made 61 appearances for Edinburgh since moving across from France in 2017, scoring a total of 31 tries for the Scotland club, including ten in his first season.

    Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons believes that the powerful 25-year-old will prove to be a hit with the crowd at Sixways.

    ‘It is absolutely brilliant news for the club that Duhan has decided to join us here at Sixways,’ Solomons said in a statement.

    ‘Duhan is an X-factor player, who has now established himself at international level. He is an exceptional talent and, I believe, will have a huge impact on the team.

    ‘He has pace and power and is a world-class finisher. He is a player who puts bums on seats and our fans are certainly in for a treat. He is also a first-class bloke and team man and will fit in well here at Sixways. We all look forward to his arrival.’

    Van der Merwe said it was a tough decision to leave Scotland’s capital, but added that he was excited to get started in Worcester.

    ‘I’ve loved my time in Edinburgh and it was a really tough decision to leave a club that has helped me develop so much as a player,’ Van der Merwe said. ‘I would like to thank the fans and staff for their great support over the past three years and look forward to giving my all for the rest of this campaign.

    ‘I’m very excited to be joining Worcester Warriors. As a club they play an exciting brand of rugby and that is something I cannot wait to be a part of,’ he added.

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