Van der Merwe sees Scotland as a stepping-stone to the world Cup

New Canada captain DTH van der Merwe believes his group have been unlucky to lose to Scotland the last time the two international locations met, and is desperate to set the record straight on Saturday in Edmonton.

The Glasgow Warriors winger has admitted that his aspect are going through a length of transition, but believes the discuss with of the Scots can play a essential position in making ready them for the Rugby World Cup repechage at the end of the year as they bid to keep their listing of qualifying every time the match has been staged.

The teams last met in Toronto in June 2014, in a match that ended 19-17 within the tourists’ favour. It was an in depth component, however, and could have finished differently however for the late sending-off of Jebb Sinclair for the use of an elbow on Ruaridh Jackson.

“That turned into a good online game for us,” Van der Merwe remembered. “I think we played definitely well and took our chances well. We acquired unlucky with that name appropriate at the conclusion.

“We had a penalty in our favour, with James Pritchard lining up to kick, nonetheless it turned into brought returned for an elbow to Jacko’s face. We acquired penalised for his putrid tackling method!” he joked in reference to his Scotstoun crew-friend. “That turned into a great day. confidently we can get that sort of guide once again from the individuals in Edmonton. I’m eager for it.”

Of route, Jackson, pictured, isn’t the handiest member of the Scotland squad whom Van der Merwe is aware of well, and head teach Kingsley Jones has relied on his captain for some first-hand knowledge of the opposition. “It doesn’t depend what crew Scotland put out, it may be an exciting community of fellows with gamers like George Horne and Adam Hastings, guys who love twiddling with the ball in hand,” the winger continued. “They play an exhilarating manufacturer of rugby with Glasgow already. i was coached through Gregor for years and he likes to play that vogue of rugby.

“There are facets of their video game i do know inner out and which I can be making an attempt to flow on to my group. in the end, it’s Canada versus Scotland and the rest i can do to dissect the opposition goes to assist us in this video game.”

on the other hand, some thing occurs this weekend, the important thing goal for this year is that repechage in November. whereas it might be constructive to profit some morale-boosting consequences in opposition t Scotland or their other opponents within the coming weeks, Russia and the U.S., the leading intention of both captain and instruct is to identify the avid gamers most likely to serve them well within the end-of-12 months sequence for you to check whether or not they get to Japan within the autumn of 2019.

“We’re still likely in just a little of a rebuild part,” Van der Merwe endured. “We’ve had a bit of of disruption coming from the 2015 World Cup with former head coach Kieran Crowley leaving with a bit of uncertainty if he turned into going to stay on for an extra time period.

“Then we had Mark Anscombe are available for just a few months. That didn’t figure out. Now we’re returned to square one with Kingsley. We’ve been on one tour with him up to now.

“He’s simply making an attempt to become familiar with how large Canada is: how does he discover new avid gamers, and who’s each and every guy that he’s obtained to contact in every province? Stuff like that.

“in the mean time we’re going to focus on simply the three games: are attempting to get some advantageous feedback and play out of that. once the tour is parked away, we’ll be aware of a bit bit greater about who’ll play in November. We’ll launch discussing that.

“We’ve now not made it there yet. We’re nonetheless sparkling from the poker domino losses in opposition t Uruguay in January and February to are trying to position all our cards on the deck for November. We think it’s stronger for a younger neighborhood of men who’re there in the mean time simply to center of attention on the games at hand after which we’ll reconvene after the tour.”

At 32, the South-Africa-born winger might have a couple of seasons left in him, however his submit-rugby plans are already well advanced. while he desires to live within the activity in some ability, his leading intention is to become a firefighter. “I don’t feel i might ever no longer be involved with rugby,” he defined. “I’ve set my attractions on becoming a firefighter after rugby, however i would love to be part of Rugby Canada at some factor and in some sort of manner. I consider I actually have a lot of experiences i will be able to move down to the more youthful generation. i like finding younger players, working with them and talking to them about their video games. If there’s a job like that in Canada then hopefully someday i will put my hand up for it.