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Duane Vermeulen, Springbok No 8

Springboks delighted with Vermeulen boost

Springbok assistant coach Franco Smith has lauded the immediate impact of Duane Vermeulen, who recently joined the squad.

The experienced No 8 joined the Springboks last week from French club side Toulon.

Smith told the media that Vermeulen made an immediate impact on the squad.

“I think Duane’s experience is of enormous value to us,” said Smith.

“We believe the right process was followed with him, to allow him to get some game time for his club following an extended period out due to injury.

“Duane has a wealth of knowledge of the French game and it is good to have his calmness and considerable experience in our environment. We lacked a bit of experience and it’s great to welcome him at this stage of the tour.

“He was in our plans from the start but injury came at a wrong time for him,” said Smith.

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