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Jake grins widely as Van der Merwe-Van Rooyen scrum machine cranks into gear

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Toulons South African prop Marcel Van der Merwe vies for the ball with Lyons players during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Toulon (RCT) and Lyon (LOU) on December 22, 2018, at the Stade Mayol in Toulon, southern France. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN / AFP)
Toulons South African prop Marcel Van der Merwe vies for the ball with Lyons players during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Toulon (RCT) and Lyon (LOU) on December 22, 2018, at the Stade Mayol in Toulon, southern France. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN / AFP)

Mention Marcel van der Merwe, and Jake White will, largely unprompted, gleefully tell you why he wanted him back at Loftus.

Yes, the 29-year-old tighthead has seven Springbok caps and boasts a fine overall pedigree.

But the Bulls' director of rugby's motive was refreshingly simple: he just wanted arguably the best scrummer in France to return home.

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