DTH van de Merwe: Newcastle Falcons to sign Scarlets winger

DTH van der Merwe
DTH van der Merwe played for Canada in the 2016 Autumn internationals

Newcastle Falcons have signed winger DTH van der Merwe for the 2017-18 season, following the expiry of his contract at Pro-12 side Scarlets.

The 30-year-old, South Africa-born Canada international, has scored 57 tries in 128 games in his career.

Van der Merwe won the Pro-12 with Glasgow Warriors in 2014-15.

"DTH is a top-class finisher," director of rugby Dean Richards said. "He has averaged almost a try every other game in the Pro 12."

Van der Merwe, whose contract terms are undisclosed, will join up with Canada team-mate Evan Olmstead at Kingston Park.

"The pace and flair Newcastle are showing right now is creating a lot of opportunities out wide, and hopefully I can get myself on the end of some of those moves," he said.

Falcons will lose winger Marcus Watson and prop Ben Harris to Wasps in 2017-18 it was also announced on Wednesday.

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