Van der Merwe: I’m back
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.”