Former Blue Bulls and Tukkies wing Duhan selected for the Lions tour

Former Blue Bulls and Tukkies wing Duhan selected for the Lions tour

Duhan van der Merwe, former Blue Bulls and Tukkies Varsity Cup wing, has been selected in the British and Irish Lions tour squad of 37 to South Africa that was announced by Lions coach Warren Gatland on Thursday.

Gatland is the Lions coach for the tour of eight matches, the shortest to date since their first (unofficial) tour in 1888.

Van der Merwe is the only South African in the British and Lions squad. Contenders WP Nel (Scotland prop) and Irish loose forward CJ Stander, who made the previous Lions side to New Zealand, did not make the cut.

Duhan is the brother of Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe, who played for the Lions and Sharks before moving abroad. He now plays with a number South Africans for the Sales Sharks in the Premiership competition.

Van der Merwe, who plays wing for Edinburgh and made his debut for Scotland in the recent Autumn and Six Nations tournaments where he played in all 10 Scotland’s tests, played for the SA Schools and Junior Springboks (U20) teams and also had a spell with Montpellier before joining Edinburgh in 2017.

He was schooled at Outeniqua Hoerskool in George and played schools rugby for the SWD Eagles.

He has been a prolific try-scorer for the Scottish PRO14 side since joining them in 2017.