Duane Vermeulen had an emotional moment after the final whistle of the World Cup final as he embraced assistant coach Matt Proudfoot.
Vermeulen was left in tears after embracing Proudfoot following the Boks’ World Cup win in the final against England in Yokohama.
In an interview with YOU magazine, the Bok No 8 revealed what Proudfoot said to him that left him emotional.
As the two embraced, Proudfoot whispered, ‘This is for him’, referring to Vermeulen’s father, Andre, who passed away when Vermeulen was eight years old.
‘That’s something special to hear from a coach, and when he said that, the tears just started rolling and I just couldn’t stop them,’ Vermeulen said.
The 33-year-old would have wanted his father to have been alive to see him win the Webb Ellis trophy, something that Proudfoot was aware of.