Springbok double World Cup winner Vermeulen to retire

Springbok double World Cup winner Vermeulen to retire

South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen, who helped the Springboks win back-to-back World Cup titles, will retire from rugby, according to South African Rugby president Mark Alexander. Vermeulen, 37, had a national team career spanning 11 years and would have likely surpassed 100 appearances if not for injuries. He was known for his powerful tackling, strong ball-carrying skills, and expertise at the breakdown. Vermeulen primarily played as a number eight but also featured as a flanker, including in the recent World Cup victory in France. Alexander praised Vermeulen as a formidable force and a multifaceted player who consistently delivered his best. Vermeulen captained South Africa in four tests and retired as the most-capped Springbok number eight with two Rugby World Cup winners’ medals. He has expressed interest in coaching, stating that he would love to stay in the game and give back to younger players. Vermeulen has played professionally for 19 years and believes it would be difficult to step away completely.

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