Van der Merwe rejoins Glasgow with immediate effect

"With Leo Sarto out for the season, to bring someone of his quality in is awesome"

DTH Van der Merwe in action for Glasgow Warriors
DTH Van der Merwe in action for Glasgow in the 2015 PRO12 final against Munster. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson.

GLASGOW Warriors have confirmed the re-signing of DTH Van der Merwe, three years after the 31-year-old left Scotstoun. The Canadian winger has signed from Newcastle with immediate effect, and has agreed a contract for the next two seasons as well as the remainder of this one.

Van der Merwe’s first spell with Glasgow ended after six seasons when he moved to Scarlets in the wake of the Warriors’ PRO12 triumph in 2015, in which he scored a try. He won the same competition with the Welsh team last season, scoring a try in that final too. He moved to Newcastle Falcons last summer, but only made three appearances there, and on rejoining the Warriors yesterday said he had always felt he had unfinished business with Glasgow.

Van der Man

“I’ve been away for three years and this is like a second home to me,” Van der Merwe said on the Warriors’ website. “My first child was born here and Glasgow will always be special to me and I’m massively excited to be back. Niko [Matawalu] and Ruaridh [Jackson] have also come back this season and it speaks volumes about the club that players want to come back here.

“I thought a lot about leaving Glasgow on 96 games: that was always in the back of my mind. I just didn’t quite get to 100, but now I’ve got that opportunity.

“You hear a lot of good things about Dave [Rennie, the Glasgow head coach]. I was lucky enough to work with him when I was on tour with Canada a few years ago. The success he had at the Chiefs is well known and he has a very good reputation, so I’m looking forward to working with him and the other coaches.”

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Dave Rennie on DTH Van der Merwe

Rennie explained that the move made sense not only because of the Canadian’s own qualities, but also because the injury that will keep Italian international Leonardo Sarto out for the rest of the season has left the Warriors light in back-three players.

“I’ve seen DTH play a lot of footy over a number of years for Canada and I had a chance to spend a couple of weeks with them on their Autumn Tour,” the coach said. “I was really impressed with DTH, not just with his skills but with his manner. He’s a good man and will fit in well here.

“He’s a real quality finisher and obviously he’s been a massive performer with Glasgow in the past and he moved to the Scarlets where they had success pretty quickly as well. He was a big part of that success at both clubs.

“His opportunities were limited at Newcastle, so we saw it as a win-win situation to get him back. With Leo Sarto out for the season, to bring someone of his quality in at this stage of the year is awesome.”

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Stuart Bathgate
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