Boks call-up Jano Vermaak

6692d442cf1f47a38fb4e233b3e15f59Springbok scrumhalf Jano Vermaak will join the South African touring squad in Paris on Monday as replacement for Fourie du Preez.

By: Sport24

Vermaak played three times for the Springboks earlier this year. He made his Test debut in June against Italy in Durban.

Du Preez became a father shortly before the squad departed from South Africa for the Outgoing Tour. There were concerns over his availability because of injury, but he was passed fit. It was also agreed with his club that he will be released after the Scotland Test.

“Fourie will be sorely missed as he was Man of the Match in two of the five Tests he played this season,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“He really put his body on the line the last fortnight, and we are very fortunate though to replace him with another world class player in Ruan Pienaar.

“It was always part of the plans for Jano to join the team for the France week. He needed game time and had stand-out performances for his club in the last couple of weeks. He has been part of the squad before and knows our plans and systems well. He will be used to the conditions in France and I am looking forward to work with him again.”

Du Preez said: “I’m very thankful for the opportunity I had to play for the Springboks this year and I really enjoyed my time with the team. I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible, especially SARU, my family and my club.

“It was wonderful to be part of the team this year, to see how well they operate and to work with a group of committed players and management.”

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7 comments for “Boks call-up Jano Vermaak

  1. avatar
    Craven
    November 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

    First I hear of this??

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    November 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Still no place for Rory, looks like he will have to come back to get a change in HM team, his choice

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  3. avatar
    November 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    @Craven:

    Just wasn’t mentioned in the media.

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    Craven
    November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    @Morné:

    So I gathered.

    I really hope his availability will increase through next year.

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    Boertjie
    November 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

    There was a piece somewhere with Cocky stating
    that HM did speak to him – last year, I think.
    Can’t remember the details now.

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    November 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    @Boertjie:

    Tough for both Meyer and Kockett.

    Meyer cannot guarantee him anything if he does come back to SA. Kockott will be taking one hell of a risk if he does. Where does he go to? Will he get game time at a franchise? Will he stay injury free?

    Or does he just let this dream go and make lots of money?

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    Duiwel
    November 19, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Make the money.

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