Eighthman in doubt for Bok campaign

SELECTION: South African coach Heyneke Meyer addresses the media during the Springbok squad announcement for the Rugby Championships. Picture: Gallo Images

SELECTION: South African coach Heyneke Meyer addresses the media during the Springbok squad announcement for the Rugby Championships. Picture: Gallo Images

National coach Heyneke Meyer is worried about the Springbok who will wear the all-important No 8 on his back.

Not that he has any doubt over the inclusion of Stormers No 8 Duane Vermeulen in his squad, but more over the depth in the position.

Vermeulen has just returned from recovery, four months after injuring his knee in the Super Rugby competition.

The situation went pear-shaped when Arno Botha (knee) and Pierre Spies (bicep) had to undergo surgery, which ruled them out for the rest of the year.

“Duane is a great player but he has only just returned from injury, so we’ll see how he goes in training,” said Meyer.

“He did really well for us during the end-of-the-year tour in November, so hopefully we can get him back to that quickly.”

And even though Spies had come under fire for his form in the June Tests, he remained one of the leaders in the side with his wealth of experience from 53 Tests.

“With Pierre injured, we are slightly under pressure there and our loose forward combinations will be looked at,” he said.

The combination of Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and Vermeulen worked well for the Boks in the UK in November, as they remained unbeaten in three Tests against Ireland (16-12), Scotland (21-10) and England (16-15).

 

 

 

 

 

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