Vermeulen ruled out of Bok tour
- 12 Oct 2017
No 8 Duane Vermeulen will not be available for the Springboks’ end-of-year tour of Europe.
Vermeulen underwent a groin operation, and although he was expected to be fit in time for the Boks’ end-of-year Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales, SA Rugby confirmed on Thursday that the No 8 is currently in the final phase of his rehabilitation and will not be considered for selection.
Other Springboks who will sit out the tour due to long-term injuries are Frans Malherbe (neck), Jaco Kriel (shoulder) and Ruan Combrinck (shoulder).
Meanwhile, prop Coenie Oosthuizen and loose forward Uzair Cassiem have recovered from the injury niggles that kept them sidelined during the latter stages of the Rugby Championship, and will be available for selection.
Oosthuizen suffered a fractured arm against the Wallabies in Perth, but is making good progress. Cassiem sustained a rib injury against the same opposition in Bloemfontein and was initially ruled out for six weeks.
The Springboks will assemble in Stellenbosch on 23 October for a four-day training, assessment and conditioning camp.
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