ADVERTISEMENT

South African winger tipped to break Rugby World Cup try scoring record

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Tuesday Jul 25, 2023

South African-born Scottish international Duhan van der Merwe has been a revelation for the Six Nations side since making his debut in 2020.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 28-year-old has gone on to earn 28-test caps for the Scots plus three for the British and Irish Lions during the 2021 tour to South Africa.

Scoring 17 test tries so far; the former South African U20 representative has been tipped to be one of the top try scorers at this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Speaking about the history of top try scorers at the tournament, several of the game’s greatest finishers sat down with World Rugby.

Discussing who could match the joint record of eight tries set first by the great Jonah Lomu in 1999 which was equalled by South African icon Bryan Habana at the 2007 edition before a second Kiwi, Julian Savea joined the list in 2015.

The legends listed van der Merwe as one of the best bets to top the charts this time around.

Labelling the 6’4” winger as an ‘Adonis’, former Wallaby Drew Mitchell went on to compliment the winger’s physique.

ADVERTISEMENT

Joining Mitchell’s praises was former England winger Chris Ashton who said of the Scotland star, ‘If you were going to draw up a rugby player, you’d draw up Duhan.’

When it came to Habana’s turn to speak on the winger, the Bok legend said, ‘The first thing that comes to mind, is the one who got away.’

Highlighting what makes him special, Habana said ‘his work rate’, before saying ‘he is very much used as a ball carrier.’

Making note of his connection with Scottish flyhalf Finn Russell, Habana said ‘he does do incredibly well to run off Finn Russell’s shoulder quite a bit and that see’s him get to a lot of space.’

ADVERTISEMENT

Check out the full video below to see what some of the games’ greatest-ever players think of the Scotland powerhouse.

Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bielle-Biarrey & Penaud stunning long-range...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok star leaves Ulster Rugby following...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Jonny Gray to exit Exeter Chiefs with immediate...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Highlights: Barbarians and Fiji display the exact nature of what rugby should be

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Japanese lock pulls off moment of brilliance to create first try against England

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

View All

Funnies

  • 6 HOURS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

View All

Amateur

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 6 HOURS AGO

    'The nicest man in rugby' to exit Bath Rugby

  • 8 HOURS AGO

    Virimi Vakatawa to exit Bristol

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Ardie Savea scores a brace as local club benefits from world class talent

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Toulon bizarrely omit Kyle Sinkler's Bristol clips in signing video

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    The three standout players that drove England’s victory over Japan

View All