“I’ve Just Been Ignoring All The Stuff That People Have Been Saying On Social Media.”
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Not many people can say they played for the British and Irish Lions – even fewer can say they did while lining up against their own countrymen.
But Scotland winger Duhan van der Merwe will be able to make that claim soon when he flys home to South Africa as a British and Irish Lion.
The 25-year-old has taken the game by storm over the last couple of seasons, tearing up the PRO14 with Edinburgh before impressing in the Six Nations this year with Scotland.
His form earned him a spot in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad but as per usual, the keyboard warriors have been out in their numbers, complaining that he will be wearing the famous red jersey, despite not being born in Britain or Ireland.
But the winger is taking absolutely no notice. And why should he? Those pathetic little individuals pop up everywhere, with nothing else to do with their sad little lives. The trick is to ignore them.
“I’m just gonna ignore all those kind of things,” van der Merwe told us.
“I’ve just been ignoring all the stuff that people have been saying on social media.
“I know how I feel in my heart here representing the Lions and that’s all that matters.
When asked to go into more detail on the criticism he’s been getting, van der Merwe gave a few examples.
“You get the odd comments here saying ‘he was obviously born in South Africa, now he’s representing Scotland and the Lions’ and ‘he’s going back to South Africa, he shouldn’t be representing the Lions’ – all those kind of bits. I don’t really want to go into details,” he said.
“I just put all that stuff behind me and focus on what I can focus on.”
But do these comments motivate the powerful winger?
“Yes, it does.” van der Merwe said with a powerful nod.
As if he needed any more motivation. Keep an eye out for this man in South Africa and at the weekend in Murrayfield. Standing at 6ft 3in and weighing in at a monstrous 106kg – he’ll be pretty hard to miss.