Vermeulen relishing Birmingham challenge

Springbok Duane Vermeulen had surgery to his neck in July and he has worked hard to get back to full fitness. He has been included as the No 8 in the team to face Samoa this weekend.
He is keen to get back on the field.  “It’s been an amazing journey from when I injured my neck in June until now,” Vermeulen said.
“My goal was always to make it to the Rugby World Cup and the doctors told me that I could make it if I worked hard. That moment has now arrived and I can’t wait to play on Saturday. It’s been wonderful to be back training again with my team-mates, and not run on my next to the field, but now the step is to get back into the game.” Vermeulen added.
Vermeulen also says that he has put in a lot of work with the medical staff to get back into shape over the last three months. He also states that it is important that he gives the medical staff the credit they so deserve for helping him with his rehabilitation.
Allister Coetze, Springbok coach, lauded for his attitude. “If everyone had the mental attitude and the desire to play for South Africa that Duane has, we probably wouldn’t lose any games.” the coach said.

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