According to an article on the SuperSport website, impressive Cheetahs prop Marcel van der Merwe has already agreed terms with the Blue Bulls and is likely to confirm a move to Pretoria shortly.
The 21-year-old is a product of Paarl Boys High in the Cape and burst onto the scene during last year’s Currie Cup competition, where he quickly established himself as a great prospect. His height and weight (1.89m and 121kg) make him a formidable opponent at scrum time, with the ability to pack down in either the loose head or tight head position a real boon. While injury curtailed his Super Rugby involvement this year, he is expected to play a strong role for the Cheetahs in this year’s Currie Cup campaign.
Free State coach Naka Drotske told Brenden Nelyesterday that he has given up on trying to convince van der Merwe to stay, with the player having already informed the central union that he will be leaving on completion of the current season. Currently serving time at tight head in place of the Edinburgh-bound WP Nel, it’s interesting to see where the Bulls will use him next year; on current evidence, he’s a stronger scrummager than either Dean Greyling or Werner Kruger at the Bulls, so could potentially come into their side as first choice in either the number 1 or 3 jerseys.
The Cheetahs have already confirmed the signing of Bulls prop Rossouw de Klerk for the 2013 season.Tweet