Super Rugby

Bulls confirm the return of Springbok prop Van der Merwe

Marcel van der Merwe (AFP)
Marcel van der Merwe (AFP)

The Bulls confirmed on Saturday the signing of former Springbok prop Marcel van der Merwe after his stint with French Top 14 club Toulon.

The 29-year-old front rower will join the Bulls as of July 2020.

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Van der Merwe established himself at the Bulls, when he made the move from Bloemfontein in 2014 after making his Super Rugby debut for the Cheetahs.

His performances in that 2014 Super Rugby earned him a Springbok call up where he earned seven Test caps.

Van der Merwe also represented the Junior Springboks in 2010 and earned a South A cap in 2016 against the French Barbarians.

The former Grey College scholar wore the Bulls jersey on 45 occasions, scoring six tries while he also ran out in the colours of the Blue Bulls.

Van der Merwe returns to South African shores after impressive performances with Toulon and his experience in France and its forward dominated approach to rugby will have only sharpened his abilities.

"I'm excited to confirm that I've signed with the Vodacom Bulls. Loftus and the Bulls have always had a special place in my heart and I look forward to coming back home. I'll see you all soon," said Van der Merwe in a Bulls press release.

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