VIDEO: Stormers lose star wing to Lions
TRANSFER NEWS: Promising wing Edwill van der Merwe has officially been unveiled as a Lions player.
Van Der Merwe will join the Gauteng franchise from the Stormers, the Lions confirmed via their social media on Monday .
Van der Merwe’s transfer to Lions is a big loss to the Capetonians.
The 25-year-old, who has been playing in his first full season for the Stormers and WP, has been integral for John Dobson’s squad.
Regarded as one of the side’s best backline players this season, he recently added to his Curie Cup try tally with a five-pointer during Western Province’s 35-24 win over the Sharks in Durban.
Van Der Merwe will still be available for Province’s Currie Cup semifinals match against the Bulls next weekend.
For the Lions, the deal is a timely boost following the exit of Springboks duo Elton Jantjies and Courtnell Skosan and utility back Gianni Lombard.
While Lions stalwart and captain Warren Whiteley also left the Johannesburg side.
The 33-year-old, who moved into coaching at the Lions after failing to recover from a succession of knee injuries, has joined the Sharks as line-out coach.
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