Edinburgh Rugby lose winger Duhan van der Merwe to Worcester

Richard Cockerill says Scotland international Duhan van der Merwe will have a key role to play before he leaves BT Murrayfield and moves to Worcester Warriors.

Scotland's wing Duhan Van Der Merwe runs to score a try during the Autumn Nations Cup match vs Italy  on November 14, 2020. (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Scotland's wing Duhan Van Der Merwe runs to score a try during the Autumn Nations Cup match vs Italy on November 14, 2020. (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

The winger will move south at the end of the season, by which point he will have added more games to the 61 appearances for Edinburgh since his transfer from Montpellier in 2017.

But while he is ruing his departure, Edinburgh Rugby head coach Cockerill isn’t surprised to see the five-time Scotland cap has attracted interest and is hopeful of replacing him in the squad in coming weeks.

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He said: “We’ll be disappointed to see Duhan go – he’s a quality player – however his performances have attracted a lot of attention this season and we’ve had to cut our cloth accordingly to stay competitive across the squad, with good news on that front coming soon.

Edinburgh's Duhan van der Merwe has starred in the Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

“We’ll wish him all the best at his new club when the time comes but he’s an Edinburgh player for a few more months yet and he’ll be here to help us push up the table in the Guinness PRO14 and continue to compete on the Heineken Champions Cup.”

Duhan van der Merwe said: “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.

“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.”

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