Duhan van der Merwe signs on for at least one more year with Edinburgh

Giant winger will remain at the capital club until at leas the summer of 2025

Duhan van der Merwe has agreed terms on a contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Duhan van der Merwe has agreed terms on a contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DUHAN VAN DER MERWE has agreed terms on a year-long extension to his existing contract which will keep with Edinburgh until at least the summer of 2025.

The Scotland and  British & Irish Lion Test player follows fellow winger Darcy Graham in re-committing to the capital club in recent days, with both players expected ted to feature in Saturday’s 1872 Cup decider against Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield, which is set for a record crowd for a pro match in Scotland of over 30,000.

“Edinburgh is home for me,” said South African born-and-raised van der Merwe, who spent four seasons with the club between 2017 and 2021, then returned to the Scottish capital in October 2022 after Worcester Warriors’ descent into administration left him temporarily jobless.


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“I love playing my rugby here and it’s where I’m happiest,” he added. “I’m delighted to have extended terms – I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else at this point in my career. Edinburgh has done so much for me in my career. I’ve always said that I want to repay the faith the club has shown in me over the years, so it was a no-brainer to sign a new deal.”

“We’ve got a special group here and there is a real feeling of togetherness, with everyone buying into what Sean [Everitt] is trying to build. I’ve really enjoyed his coaching style and man-management so far. Playing under him is great, so long may that continue.”

Van der Merwe, who qualifies to play for Scotland through residency, has scored 21 tries in 34 matches since his international debut against Georgie in October 2020, and started all three Tests during the Lions tour of South Africa in 2023.

The first of his two tries against England at Twickenham during the 2023 Six Nations was recently voted World Rugby’s International Men’s Try of the Year.

“Duhan is one of world rugby’s brightest talents. He’s a big game player and someone that we’re delighted to see re-sign in Edinburgh,” said Edinburgh ‘senior’ coach Sean Everitt.

“When I first spoke to him in the summer, he spoke about his pride in representing Edinburgh and how he wanted to have his biggest season yet for the club.

“I’ve been hugely impressed by his commitment to the jersey. Not just in games, but in training, where he has shown a desire to better himself every day.

“We are definitely now seeing the fruits of his labour, and you only had to see his recent performance against Castres to see how devastating a runner and finisher he can be.”


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