in the week that Glasgow Warriors racked up their biggest ever win, the Scottish region also confirmed prolific try scorer, DTH van der Merwe, has committed to Scotstoun for at least a further two years.
While not on the scoresheet in the eight-try demolition of Dragons in South Wales on Friday night, the Canadian flyer has firmly established himself as a Warrior Nation favourite with his high-octane performances since signing for the club in 2009. He has extended his contract meaning he’ll stay on with the Warriors until at least May 2015.
Van der Merwe arrived in Glasgow via Saracens having made his debut for the Canadian national side three years earlier and has built a reputation as a fearsome finisher. He is on the verge of becoming the Warriors all-time leading try scorer having already surpassed former Warriors wing Thom Evans in the league try scoring chart. He needs just two more scores to take the all-time club record.
The 26-year-old, who has racked up eight tries in nine appearances this season, said: “This was a pretty easy decision for me and I’m very happy to have signed the deal.
“The direction the squad is heading played a big factor in my decision to stay in Glasgow, not just the guys who are playing here already but the guys who want to come and play their rugby here too. It’s pretty exciting.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in a couple of semi-finals with this club and it would be great to take it that one step further on. This squad definitely has the potential to win some silverware.
“I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play professionally and now Gregor has come in and I’ve been lucky enough to get a few tries. They’re team tries though, I just happen to be the guy that’s the last one to receive the ball.
“I’m just real excited about where this team is going.
Glasgow Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “Any team would want to have a player of DTH’s calibre in their ranks.
“He’s strong, quick and has a very good understanding of the game so it’s great that he will continue his career and development here at Scotstoun.
Van der Merwe, was speaking on behalf of RaboDirect, sponsors of the RaboDirect PRO12.
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