Edinburgh Rugby has signed Montpellier wing Duhan van der Merwe on a two-year deal. The 21-year-old wing tips the scales at 107kg and stands 6 foot 3 inches tall. The former age grade Springbok joined Montpellier on an academy deal in 2016 but has now set his eyes on carving out a career at the Scottish Pro12 outfit.
Although he’s had limited opportunity at Jake White’s Montpellier, the powerful wing scored on all three appearances for the Top 14 club.
Van der Merwe also notched up two caps for the Blue Bulls Super Rugby franchise as well as representing South Africa in 2014 Junior World Championship before making the move to the Northern Hemisphere.
On Edinburgh Rugby’s website van der Merwe stated: “I’m very excited to be joining Edinburgh. It’s clear that the club has strong ambitions and I would very much like to play a part in that success.
“I’ve heard great things about the city and the people. My dealings with the club have already been very positive and I have been made to feel very welcome ahead of my arrival.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to express myself and build my future at Edinburgh.”
Incoming Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill, said: “Duhan is a talented young player and has the potential to become a real attacking threat in our backline.
“He’s taken his chances at Montpellier in recent weeks so I’m looking forward to seeing him progress even further at Edinburgh.”