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Last Updated: 03/06/09 4:07pm

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Van Der Merwe: On his way

Van Der Merwe: On his way

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Glasgow Warriors have signed Canada international DTH van der Merwe on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old, whose full name is Daniel Tailliferre Hauman van der Merwe, was born in South Africa before moving to his adopted country

He recently returned to action after 15 months out with complications from a broken ankle, which ruined his chances of securing a professional contract with Saracens.

Improvements

He made the shift from wing to outside centre during Canada's second Test against Wales in Toronto on Saturday and is delighted to be moving to the Magners League.

"It is one of the biggest things that's ever happened to me other than playing for Canada," said Van der Merwe.

"It has been tough coming back. I think I'm finding myself being a better player as a result of the injury, because I really thought I wasn't going to play again for a while there.

"I am a better player for myself and my team-mates and I feel stronger than before.

"When I get handed that jersey for Canada I look at it and admire it and I don't see that changing with Glasgow either."

Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said of the Canucks flyer: "We took a look at our outside backs and we need to have quality players at certain times of the season.

"He came over and trained very well with the squad and fitted in well with the players.

"But above all that, he's a quality player. He's played for Canada in the past few weeks against Ireland and Wales and has been outstanding in those games."

Scotland A and Sevens international Richie Vernon has signed a two-year extension to his current Glasgow deal, meanwhile.

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