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

We could be seeing Duane Vermeulen back in South Africa sooner than we thought which could also sort out the problem we have with captaincy in the Springbok team.

Vermeulen currently play for Toulon and it seems that he could be playing his last season in France this year. A new salary cap in the Top 14 could see the French club losing Vermeulen service.

Rassie Erasmus wants Vermeulen back in SA and he could get a dual contract with SA Rugby and the Stormers if Erasmus gets his way.

As it seems that Erasmus will have a hands on roll with the Springboks going forward, one can understand that he would want a strong leader in his team and Vermeulen fits that perfectly.




Meanwhile, according to French rugby publication, Midi Olympique, Toulon have identified 81 Test capped All Black Jerome Kaino as their front-runner to replace Vermeulen.

Toulon are believed to be close to finalising a deal with the star New Zealander.

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  1. i think rassie must take charge. We need a coach who a) knows what he’s doing and b) has skin in the game. I’m worried with the noises being made that Coetzee is retained as a buffer for the blaim game. This is in noones interest. Someone must be accountable. If you can’t achieve 65%, next.

    As for vermeulen, if he gets into shape and is hungry, maybe but we got plenty talent coming through including the Du Preez bros. I’d play kolisi at 8 with cloete of velleman in at 6, JLDP at 7 and Ruan Botha partnering Yster at lock. With kitshoff, Marx and Wilco probably best frontrow Boks have had in ages. Beast as impact.

    Backline needs a compete reboot. Screuder a million times better than Cronje, the service was zip zip zip as soon as he came on.

    I’d go: 9 Schrwuder 10. Pollard/Bosch 11. JP/mapipi 12. Serfontein 13. Leyds 14. Combrink 15. Gelant

  2. Rasputin? Donner? BC? All the guys from the cape got something between their ears, pity they smoke so much peacepipe.

    These were kenners. Now instead I gotta read about Gdam yellow valiants (whatever the fk that is). I mean how old are you anyway – 82 or what?

  3. @cab:

    Valiants are collectors items across the globe… unless you in Islami-France where the heathens just burn them for fun every time someone takes the piss out of their pedophile prophet.

  4. Daniel Du Preez showed in 90 minutes of no missed tackles(like his brother`s debut), line-breaks and off-loading why he should be starting over Cassiem and Mahoje.

  5. @cab: BC is from Zimbabwe and knows more about rugby than you ever will shitstain. Also more personality in his toes than you and your family and the street cat that vomited you out after eating a sewer rat.

  6. @DavidS:

    Rasputin was an absolute legend figure here at ruggaworld, eccentric and all, brilliant chap!!

    We’ve had a few, who remembers Duiwel having a good go at St Michael, calling him St Moer 🤣🤣

  7. Lmao grensvegter Stan. A good oke.

    DavidS – where is Boertjie you dom doos? I dunno when you decided to become Skopskiet but you a v poor imitation. He was a force of nature. you like a little poodle , onder die hoe bal.

  8. We’ve had some pretty good times on ruggaworld in the past. Even had a couple of events. Guys like Donner, pissant, Stan, St Michael, Rasputin, Bluegreengold, all added to what was a really enjoyable experience. I used to love the Brannasnacht, with comments reaching 1000 in 3 hours. You’d type a comment and by the time you’ve posted, missed 10 comments. Fun days. My ex wife found it extremely weird me typing away at the keyboard, drink in hand on a Thursday evening. And those yellow valiant stories. My favorite was the yellow valiant visiting Pissant in Namibia.

    One Saturday morning I got a call from Dinner, saying him and Tafelberg just landed in JHB. I was on my way grocery shopping with the wife. I had 2 hours to get to the shops, get back, drive to Centurion to Bluegreengold’s place and travel with BGG, Donner and Tafelberg to Bloemfontein, to go watch Stormers playing Cheetahs. Davids kept us up to date with the Bulls vs Sharks score, was opening round 2007. Bulls lost the game, but won super 14 that year. Fun times.

  9. Nearly got moered in the beer garden with my Bulls shirt at Freestate stadium by a couple of Boertjies. Then again on the stand by this moerse Boer, because I decided to cheer the Stormers for that game.

  10. Still have my ruggaworld golf shirt from the one evening a shitload of us got together when KSA shark and his wife came to South Africa and we all watched the Blue bulls lose to the Sharks at Loftus.

    Back then the running joke was the Bulls couldn’t beat the Sharks is a home game, neither could the Sharks beat the Bulls in a home game. Murphy, I think was his name, still brought the garden gnome he took everywhere.

  11. Yes I’m still here.

    Just don’t have any fooking time. Working, being a dad, playing and coaching at senior level at age 38 and coaching U12 rugby Saturday mornings and trying to start 2 bussinesses (Biltong and Barbeque) at once is bloody complicated.

    Good to see you all again – we should try and hold a Brannasnacht again in the new year – because I know all of you are going to the seaside and won’t be back till end of Jan Lucky buggers.

    Overhere it is bloody freezing. Last weekend we played in 5 degress with a 70kmph wind. Tomorrow morning we are flying to Corsica early in teh morning – playing there and flying back tomorrow afternoon . The forecast is 3 degrees…


  12. @Methos The French Stormer:

    Kudos… still playing…

    What type of BBQ? I have a few American style pits.


    From memory a tall blood-nut. I remember his story of being in Durban (with Dawie et al) and betting a Charo (at petrol station) that he could beat the guy (in car) in his (Muprhp) in socks lol.

    Also remember him telling a story of being out on the piss in JHB and being on a deserted street when two Nigerians attacking him with a brick… he took them both out.