Van der Merwe linked with Bulls switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Super Rugby on 16 Aug 2012 at 09:00
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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.


  • Chopping and Changing..

    Good news though, is that they are staying in South Africa..

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.08.12 09:15:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good move for South Africa, now that he will be wearing a blue jersey he will be wearing the green one not too long after…will be good backup for Jannie and can play both sides. #heynekemeyerselectionpolicy 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.08.12 09:22:33 by JJR Reply
  • I like this guy. Going to the Bulls is like standing on Heyneke’s stoep….

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.08.12 09:32:47 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • So I suppose we’re waiting for Jordaan to pass a fitness test. I seriously think if he’s not ready by now we should just give him a break this week. I really don’t want to see him pick up a long term injury because the Sharks mismanaged this hamstring niggle of his.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.08.12 10:01:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • that boy is also a good ball carrier

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.08.12 10:09:59 by Dunx Reply

  • Watched him for a while , haven’t seen much to impress.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.08.12 12:45:58 by Talent Reply
  • Just another big guy ala Spies ,Potgieter Kruger, VD Merve etc
    Effectively the Bulls have recruited their players based on their physical attributes –selection policy ;If their current home unions website states he is weight x or height y.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.08.12 12:51:22 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 7) :
    Agree, very impressive looking guy, but unfortunately I haven’t seen anything to get too excited about.
    JC gave him a bit of a scrummaging lesson on the weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.08.12 13:21:40 by 13 Reply

  • Bulls have got a very big group of awesome youngsters…funny they haven’t moved on Swiel from province, and our very own brothers Marais…I heard roomer that Elton Jantjies has been linked to Province…but wants to stay closer to Home(making Bulls the more probable destination there after returning to Lions for Currie Cup Duty)…does any one have more news about this…the Young Bulls over the next four years are scarry good…shit, I love to hating them!

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.08.12 17:46:26 by BoerSeun Reply


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