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Duane Vermeulen positive following surgery

Elma Smit interview with Vermeulen on the Player of the year award.



Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen said he is feeling positive after undergoing surgery on his neck in Durban on Wednesday.

Vermeulen, the South African Rugby Player of the Year in 2014, will take a few days off to recuperate before starting with his rehabilitation process.

“I’m feeling good and positive and can’t wait to start my rehabilitation,” said Vermeulen.

“All the staff at the hospital made things so easy for me and I would really like to thank them for their effort – I really was in great hands.”

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the national side’s medical team will work tirelessly to get Vermeulen ready to be considered for Rugby World Cup selection.

“Duane is mentally very tough and he is a warrior who has always bled for his country and I’m expecting exactly the same attitude from him towards his rehabilitation,” said Meyer.

“He is a team player who has often played through the pain barrier and I know nothing will hold him back, while we will do everything we can to get Duane ready in time for the World Cup.”

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said: “The operation went well and we’re grateful to the medical personnel who looked after Duane. The road to recovery is a long one, but we’re confident that he can make it to the World Cup.”

Vermeulen will recuperate for a few days before joining the Springbok squad in Johannesburg upon their return from Brisbane next weekend

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  1. All the best Duane, I hope you recover fully.

    In saying that, I’m just getting this worried feeling in how we are going about preparing for this World Cup.

    We have Duane, Willem Alberts, Fourie du Preez, Pieter-Steph all in a race against time to get fit in time for the World Cup. Apart from Du Toit, the other three have a good chance of being the first choice in their respective positions.

    Add to that Jaque Fourie who, after retiring, was begged by Meyer to reconsider, and as such attended the training camp. Now he has excused himself again as he is not in shape and is lacking game time.

    On top of all this, a lot of Heyneke’s go-to guys who he invested lots of effort during his tenure has been badly off the pace in super rugby this year.

    So Heyneke has, in effect, just over two months to get guys patched up enough so that they can go to World Cup, get some of his senior players back in shape, and try to find an outside centre seeing that his dream of Fourie making a come back is slipping by the day.

    Not a great position to be in all things considered.

  2. @bryce_in_oz:

    He has his team on ‘paper’… but as you point out… injury and poor form will dictate the reality of trying to pick that side.

    One step forward, two steps back…

    Experiments with an exciting 13, plays and out-of-form 7 at lock with specialists itching and fails to try a new back-up hooker…

    Australia the following week in ‘Brisbane’ with zero injuries…

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