DTH van der Merwe to leave Glasgow Warriors

DTH van der Merwe to leave Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors’ all-time record try-scorer DTH van der Merwe will be moving on from the club at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, after a decade-long association with the club.

The Canadian
flyer spent six years at the club after signing in 2009, before re-joining the
club in March 2018.

With 54
tries in 123 appearances for the club so far van der Merwe sits clear at the
top of Glasgow’s all-time try-scoring chart, with his nose for the try-line and
game-breaking ability making him a favourite of the Warrior Nation.

try-scoring prowess proved to be an invaluable asset to the club in their
pursuit of domestic glory; his try against Treviso in 2012 secured the first of
five straight semi-finals in club history, whilst only Tommy Bowe can lay claim
to having scored more tries in the history of PRO14 Rugby.

The pinnacle
of van der Merwe’s first spell at the club came in the 2014/15 season, with the
Canadian writing his name into the club’s history books. His dramatic late try
against Ulster in the Guinness PRO12 semi-final helped to secure a place in the
2015 Guinness PRO12 Final, before touching down once more in the competition’s
showpiece event.

The winger
continued where he left off upon his return to the club in 2018, scoring a
brace of tries against Zebre at Scotstoun in his first match back in a Glasgow

He then
helped Dave Rennie’s side to the 2019 Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park,
becoming the first player to score 50 tries for the club along the way.

Van der
Merwe also joined an illustrious list of players to have played in four Rugby
World Cup tournaments at Japan 2019, whilst also holding the Canadian record
for tries scored with 38 tries from 61 appearances.

“I couldn’t
have asked for a better place to start my career, and I couldn’t have asked for
a better return to the club,” van der Merwe told glasgowwarriors.org.

“I’m proud
to have been a part of this club’s journey, from the days at Firhill to where
we are today.

“I’m forever
grateful for the opportunity Sean Lineen gave me at the start, as well as to
Gregor Townsend and Dave Rennie for their faith in me. It’s not a goodbye –
it’s a “see you in the future”, because it’s a special city and a special

“I’m still
looking to play for another couple of years – I’m not ready to call it quits
yet! – but I’m looking forward to keeping an eye on Glasgow from wherever we
end up next.”

Warriors head coach Dave Rennie paid tribute to van der Merwe’s contribution to
the club, saying: “DTH is one of the best players to come out of Canada, and
has the resumé to back it up including winning two PRO12 titles and playing in four
Rugby World Cups.

“He’s a
powerful, explosive and hard running winger with a massive work ethic.

importance of family and the close relationship with Warriors brought DTH back
to Glasgow and he has been a major contributor to the club ever since.

“He’s a top
man and we wish DTH, Gill and the kids well in their next endeavour.”

Warriors Managing Director Nathan Bombrys added: “DTH is going to go down in
club history as an all-time great of Glasgow rugby.

“Not only is
he our all-time leading try-scorer, but the importance of some of the tries he
scored proved just what a big-game player he is.

“His try
away in Treviso in 2012 on his first game back from major injury sealed a place
in the playoffs, and no fan will ever forget his return from hand surgery to
score that try in the 2015 semi-final at Scotstoun.

“Off the
field, too, he’s been a true club man. Gill and DTH have hosted new arrivals to Scotstoun, for example, and he’s built up a great relationship
with fellow players and supporters.

“Any club
that he joins will not only be getting a fantastic player, but an outstanding
person. We hope we haven’t seen his final match at Scotstoun, and we wish him,
Gill and the children all the best for the future.”

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