Scotland’s new rising star, Duhan Van der Merwe has been sensational for his adopted country since he first game in 2020
But who is Duhan Van der Merwe and how did he end up playing for Scotland.
Duhan was born in 1995, 20 days before Francois Pienaar lifted the World Cup in Johannesburg.
He grew up in George getting his first taste of the game at High School Outeniqua which gave us Springboks like Johan Heunis, Marco Wentzel, Warrick Gelant and Faan Conradie. He earned his provincial colours for SWD Eagles at Under-16 and Under-18 level.
In 2012 he was included in the South African Schools team and played two times in the Under-18 International Series, with wins against France and England.
He played again for the Under-18 Eagles side in 2013 and was again included in the SA Schools side.
Van der Merwe also played some sevens for South Africa.
After School he moved to Pretoria where he joined the Bulls academy in 2014. He was a late call-up for that years SA Under-20 squad who competed in World Rugby Junior Championship. He came up as a replacement for Rohan Janse van Rensburg who picked up an injury against the Scottish side in Pool C.
He was picked on the bench for the final against England which they loss 20-21.
Next up for the young man was Varsity Cup for UP Tuks in 2016 starting in all matches and scoring plenty of tries in the tournament.
He made his his debut for the Blue Bulls also in the same year but this was the final time he would play in South Africa signing a contract with Montpellier.
His time in France was not his happiest but in 2017 got the opportunity to move to Edinburgh signing a tow year contract with the club.
Although he failed his medical due to an ongoing hip injury, Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill still signed the young man.
He missed the first season due to the injury, but when he did start playing for the club he made an immediate impact.
He made his international debut for Scotland against Georgia in 2020 scoring a try on the day as well. This was clearly a sign for many to come as he scored another against Italy and Ireland as well.
On Saturday he scored the only try of the match against England showing that he is a world class winger and has a bright future for Scotland. One would expect that Van der Merwe would be included in the B&I Lions squad when they travel to South Africa to play against his country or birth.
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