Heinke van der Merwe signs for Leinster

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  1. snoopy snoopy dog dog

    snoopy snoopy dog dog Senior Member

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    Is he any good? I know that he's primarily a loosehead who's flirted with converting to tighthead but that's about it.

    Chances are that Cian Healy will miss a lot of games next season due to preparation for the World Cup. He'll also likely miss a chunk of time at the start of the 2011/12 season, once again due to the World Cup. Van der Merwe toured with the Springboks last November so he must have something about him.

    Edit - it's now on the official Leinster site too.
     
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    Pity, i rate him. He's been injured for the better part of 2 years now though.
    IMO he is the strongest scrummaging loosehead in SA when he's fit. Freakishly strong. Doesn't offer much else around the pitch though.
     
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    From what Joe Schmidt has been saying as of late, this sounds like one of his type of signings. The new head coach wants to re-emphasise the importance of the scrum and try batter teams into submission. If van der Merve can not only lock the scrum but also help Leinster become dominant in that area, it'll help stunt opposition backlines and number 8's by putting them on the back foot (as Schmidt's theory goes).

    There were quite a few romours that Deon Carstens was the player Leinster were initially looking at to fill the void at loosehead. Apparently he had all but agreed a deal but backed out at the last minute when SA_racens gazumped their offer. Sarries had a lot of spare cash due to Sione Tonga'huia jilting them having initially agreed to sign. Perhaps it worked out in Leinster's favour since they've now got a young prop on the way up rather than a veteran looking for a last big pay day.
     
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    Good signing for Leinster he will add power to the scrum (rated as one of if not the best loosehead scrummager in SA). Many think he is unlucky not to have more caps to his name nut he still has plenty of time for that. Also I doubt hes on a high earner as he just spent a season with the dreadful lions and is quite under rated by many clubs in the Southern Hemisphere. I'd also say it was a good move by him, He'll gain experience and has nothing to lose.
     
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    As Steve-0 said, he is a strong scrummager but offers very little in other aspects of play, and seems to be injury prone.
    When injured, he either has a long term injury, or a slight niggle that becomes a big problem, certainly wouldn't have wanted them near the Sharks
     
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