Van der Merwe: I’m back

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Winger Duhan van der Merwe has ex­pressed Ed­in­burgh’s de­sire to im­press their fans when they host Zebre at Mur­ray­field to­day, to kick off their Pro14 sea­son.

In a video on Ed­in­burgh Rugby’s Youtube chan­nel, Van der Merwe said: “It’s our first game and first home game. We ob­vi­ously want to im­press the fans.

“We’ve been work­ing very hard this pre-sea­son.”

The South African has strug­gled with ton­sil­li­tis dur­ing pre-sea­son but in­sists he is now fully fit. “It’s been tough for me. I got back to full fit­ness and then I got the ton­sil­li­tis.

“That put me back. I knew that I’d have to get the op­er­a­tion. So I got the op about six weeks ago now and af­ter that I’ve been strug­gling to get fit but I’d say I’m back.”

Ed­in­burgh will be with­out Henry Pyr­gos, who was called up to Scot­land’s World Cup squad af­ter scrum-half Ali Price was ruled out for the tour­na­ment.

Head coach Richard Cock­er­ill in­sists Ed­in­burgh’s squad is strong enough to cope in Pyr­gos’s ab­sence.

He told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site: “Henry’s got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, but we’ve got good cov­er­age with Nic Groom, so two very good, ex­pe­ri­enced scrum-halves.

“Char­lie Shiel will be de­lighted that Henry’s gone. Char­lie’s a good young player and he’ll step up and get his op­por­tu­nity.”


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