Interestingly, he’s actually not the only one who wears them on match days.
A consummate professional and highly skilled player, the versatile veteran loose forward got his due reward with two trophies in 2019.
Could this be the Springbok captain’s career after rugby?
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Matt whispered ‘this is for your dad’ – and I cried, says Duane Vermeulen
Brought up by a single mother in Nelspruit, Vermeulen played his 50th Test in the Boks’ opening game in the World Cup, against New Zealand.
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Tribute to a Beast of a legend
Winning the World Cup with the Springboks was Tendai Mtawarira’s last bit of unfinished business here, topping off a magnificent career.
Mtawarira, 34, has been a fixture at loosehead prop since debuting in 2008 and he is the third-most capped Springbok with 117, after Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.

Kolisi: I watched the 2007 final from a tavern

The Springbok captain is acutely aware of his importance to South Africans, particularly after an endearing image of he and Schalk Burger resurfaced on Twitter.

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Now to tame the dragon, Springboks

Now to tame the dragon, Springboks

If tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal is played in the wet, as is expected, the Springboks are braced for ‘a game of chess’ against Wales, says flyhalf Handre Pollard.

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Injured Bok Jesse Kriel out, but not down

Injured Bok Jesse Kriel out, but not down

The versatile 25-year-old midfielder had to return home early from the World Cup tournament in Japan due to a hamstring problem.

Why Rassie chose to stick with Willie

It might have something to do with S’bu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi’s potency…

Stick: It’s not South African to be a cheater

The Springbok assistant coach was, rather inevitably, asked to weigh in on the spying allegations dominating the build-up to New Zealand and England’s semifinal.

Boks get ‘bad news’ ref for semifinal against Wales

The Frenchman is a controversial figure, who was severely criticised for his handling of the Boks and All Blacks’ pool match last month.

WATCH: Beast apologises for nasty tackle

The evergreen prop certainly did his best to make up for it on all fronts.

Talisman Kolbe ’80 to 90%’ fit for quaterfinal

One of the World Cup’s leading players to date sustained a twisted ankle in the victory over Canada.

WATCH: Laughs all around for Schalk Brits’ jersey swop

This is why the veteran Springbok hooker is one of the most popular players on the planet.

Short turnaround sorts Siya just fine

The Bok skipper is close to full match fitness again, meaning he’s hardly concerned over starting two games in four days.

Willemse straight into action for Canada meeting

The utility back only replaced Jesse Kriel less than a week ago as Rassie Erasmus deals with only a four-day turnaround from the Italy win.

2016’s harsh lesson has been taken to heart, says De Allende

The Springbok midfielder assures all that he and his teammates are switched on for a challenging outing against Italy.

Lood leaps into the ‘A-team’ as Rassie banks on heavies

Beast Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi also storm into contention as the Springboks take no chances for a must-win meeting with Italy.

Brits not over: His ‘vital’ Rugby World Cup role at 38

The evergreen hooker was relaxing in Ibiza after a distinguished career with Saracens when Boks coach Rassie Erasmus called him out of the blue.


 


 

 


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