Player Updates - January 2017

January 04 2017

DTH - Canada
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DTH to Leave Scarlets at End of Season: Newcastle Mentioned as Possible Destination

posted Jan 4 2017
[ed. comments below]

According to the BBC, Newcastle is a possible destination for DTH next season. If that was true then Olmstead and DTH would be playing together, not a bad scenario from a Canadian perspective. On current form, they represent the best back and the best forward on the national team. Having them playing together week in and week out could lead to a nice co-captain scenario in future internationals.

The long term plan for DTH according to the article is the fire service. No surprise as he's been taking courses in the off season and there are a number of fire fighters with a rugby background in BC.

We wish him all the best in future endeavors on and off the field.

from BBC Rugby

Wing DTH van der Merwe will leave Scarlets for an as-yet-unnamed team at the end of the 2016-17 season.

The 30-year-old South Africa-born Canada international joined the west Wales region ahead of 2015-16.

Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac confirmed the player will depart when his contract expires in the summer.

Van der Merwe has been linked with a move to Aviva Premiership club Newcastle.

"He is joining the fire service going forward and has three years left in rugby before he has to make that call because you have to be a certain age (to do so)," said Pivac.

"He is looking at a three-year contract and the money in England is a lot more than here so he is doing what is right for his family and we support that.

"We have got some good young players coming through the system that we are going to put a lot of time and effort into over the next 12 months.

"It is one of those where you have to weigh-up the financial side of things and where the player is at.

"DTH and I have had a long chat and we are on the same page and that's the right thing to do.

"Don't get me wrong, we put an offer to keep DTH, but the money in England is a lot more so when you look over that over three years, it's a no-brainer.

"We have made the decision to back the youngsters."

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