Vermeulen to lead Boks as Siya Kolisi nurses injury

Vermeulen to lead Boks as Siya Kolisi nurses injury

Duane Vermeulen will lead the Springboks for the third time in their opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash against Australia at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday.

Vermeulen will captain a team featuring a core of Rugby World Cup winners and talented newcomers – who have excelled at vital moments in the past few seasons. The squad also includes a debutant in former Ireland international lock Jean Kleyn, who will earn his first Springbok Test cap.

“We had a few options as potential captains and we have two good leaders in Duane and Lukhanyo, who has been named vice-captain for this match,” said Nienaber.

“They are both quality leaders and they’ll have a lot of experience around them on the field, which is fantastic for us as coaches.


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