[15], He joined Racing 92 on a short-term deal for the start of their 2015–16 Top 14 season.[16]. 2 Joseph Dweba (Toyota Cheetahs)   He is the older brother of winger Duhan van der Merwe, who also played Craven Week rugby for SWD Eagles and were included in the South African Schools sides in 2012 and 2013. [11] After one more match that he played off the bench (against the Waratahs in Sydney),[12] he made his first Super Rugby start in their final tour match against the Western Force in Perth. 9 John Cooney (Ulster)   I’d like to think that my family will wear one half Springbok and one half Scottish jersey. 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)   "Getting an award like this is massive for me and hopefully highlights that the hard work I’ve put in throughout my career is starting to pay off. 1 Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)   In April 2014, Van der Merwe was a surprise inclusion in the Lions touring squad for their Australian leg of the 2014 Super Rugby season. 8 Bill Mata (Edinburgh)   Guinness PRO14 Top Try-scorer: Rhyno Smith | Toyota Cheetahs 6 Max Deegan (Leinster)   [5] He made his debut against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg,[6] coming on as an early substitute. Van der Merwe – the brother of Springbok hooker Akker – has been a sensation for Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14, and tops several of their stats after a disrupted season. "I feel hugely privileged to win this award. References [ edit ] ^ a b "SA Rugby Player Profile – Akker van der Merwe" . Edinburgh wing Duhan van der Merwe and Glasgow Warriors prop Oli Kebble have been called up to a 40-man Scotland squad. Guinness Players’ Player of the Season: Duhan van der Merwe |Edinburgh Next-Gen Star of the Season: Caelan Doris | Leinster His coach Richard Cockerill has been named the coach of the year. He made eight appearances and scored three tries in the 2014 competition, helping his side to the final, where they lost 39–33 to the UCT Ikey Tigers, with Van der Merwe scoring a try early in the second half.[4]. I genuinely couldn’t have won this without the help of everyone at Edinburgh Rugby and I can’t wait to push the club further next season. He came on as a substitute on the hour mark at Olën Park in their 2013 Currie Cup First Division match against the eventual champions, the Pumas. 4 Scott Fardy (Leinster)   Two more starts and three more substitute appearances (and one more try) followed during that competition. 7 Will Connors (Leinster)   ", Van der Merwe has set his sights on playing for Scotland. Gilbert Golden Boot: JJ Hanrahan | Munster 12 Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)   Dream Team 2019/20: He then had a short stint at Montpellier in 2016 before signing for Edinburgh the following year. He represented both SA Schools and SA … He represented both SA Schools and SA U20, before spending three years at the Bulls. Scotland will compete in the forthcoming autumn international matches, which include the conclusion of the 2020 Six Nations and newly-launched Nations Cup. Kebble, the son of former Bok prop Guy, also qualifies for Scotland by residency having joined Glasgow from the Stormers in 2017. ALSO READ: Saffa prop motivated to play for Scotland. 14 Monty Ioane (Benetton Rugby)   He made a further two appearances for the Leopards during the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament. Backs: Darcy Graham, Nick Grigg, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg, George Horne, Damien Hoyland, Sam Johnson, Huw Jones, Blair Kinghorn, James Lang, Sean Maitland, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Scott Steele, Duhan van der Merwe, Duncan Weir. Guinness PRO14 Coach of the Season: Richard Cockerill | Edinburgh Ronseal Tackle Machine: Paul Boyle | Connacht In 2010, he moved to Potchefstroom where he represented the Leopards and university side NWU Pukke. He also marked the occasion by scoring a try in injury time at the end of the match. He was a regular for the Leopards U19 side during the 2010 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition, making thirteen appearances and in 2012, he made twelve appearances for the Leopards U21 side in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship, scoring six tries. Create an account to join our community and gain access to all features. They’ve always been supportive of both of us. Additionally, Van der Merwe’s average of 5.6 Defenders Beaten per game set a new record for the Guinness PRO14 as he broke his own existing record of 5.3 that he set in 2017/18. Armand H P 'Akker' van der Merwe (born 17 June 1991 in Vanderbijlpark) is a rugby union player for English Premiership side Sale Sharks. Van der Merwe is the brother of Springbok hooker Akker and qualifies by residency to play for Scotland. Four South Africans, including uncapped duo Duhan van der Merwe and Oli Kebble, have been included in Scotland’s 40-man squad for the revised 2020 Test season. Watch: Super Rugby Unlocked Try of the Week (Round 2), Watch: Saffa tries in French Top 14 (Round 5), Bulls slaughter Sharks to reach U21 final, LIVE: SA Rugby U21 Championship (Round 4). [13], On 4 April 2015, he scored a last-minute winning in their 2015 Super Rugby season match against the Bulls to help the Lions win the match 22–18 against their trans-Jukskei rivals. Van der Merwe also ensures the award stays in the Scottish capital with team-mate Bill Mata earning the accolade last season. By Graham Bean. Guinness PRO14 2020 Winners: Your brother, Akker, is a capped Springbok. He played Varsity Cup rugby for the NWU Pukke in 2013 and 2014. The other South Africans in the squad are prop WP Nel and loose forward Cornell du Preez, who have earned 38 and seven Test caps for Scotland respectively. South African-born Duhan van der Merwe has been honoured with the prestigious PRO14 Players’ player of the year award for the 2019/20 season. [7] While mainly being used as a substitute during the campaign (playing off the bench on eight occasions), he did one start in the competition against the Boland Cavaliers.[8]. Duhan Van der Merwe returns at key time for Edinburgh. Should you play for the Scotland against the Boks, where will the Van der Merwe family loyalty lie?   South African-born Duhan van der Merwe - a former SA Schools and Junior Springbok player - has been honoured with the prestigious PRO14 Players’ Player of the Season award for 2019/20. Van der Merwe – the brother of Springbok hooker Akker – has been a sensation for Edinburgh in the PRO14, and tops several of their stats after a disrupted season. Duncan Hodge has backed Duhan van der Merwe to make the step up to international rugby if he is called into the Scotland set-up next week. [9] He made his Super Rugby debut against the Chiefs in Hamilton[10] and scored his first try for the Lions in their next match against the Highlanders in Dunedin. 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[14], His performances for the Lions in Super Rugby also led to a domestic move, with Van der Merwe joining the Golden Lions on a deal for the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition. 15 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby). 10 Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)   Two more Saffas, Edinburgh flyhalf Jaco van der Walt and prop Pierre Schoeman, will also soon qualify for their adopted country. South African-born Duhan van der Merwe has been honoured with the prestigious PRO14 Players’ player of the year award for the 2019/20 season. Saturday, 10th October 2020, 5:07 pm. He is the older brother of winger Duhan van der Merwe, who also played Craven Week rugby for SWD Eagles and were included in the South African Schools sides in 2012 and 2013. Guinness PRO14 Ironman: Matthew Screech | Dragons 13 Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)   5 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh)   They will then will play Pool B matches against Italy, France and Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup, which kicks off on 13 November. His senior debut came in 2013, when he was included in the senior Leopards XV side for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I could achieve something this big and it’s a brilliant feeling knowing that it was voted by the guys I face in the Guinness PRO14 week in, week out,” Van der Merwe said.

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