Duane Vermeulen

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Duane Vermeulen
Duane Vermeulen 2012 Springboks.jpg
Full name Daniel Johannes Vermeulen
Date of birth (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Nelspruit, South Africa
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 120 kg (260 lb; 18 st 13 lb)[1][2]
School Nelspruit High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Eighth Man
Current team Toulon
Youth Career
2004–2005 Pumas
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2007 Pumas 26 (20)
2007–2008 Free State Cheetahs 28 (10)
2007–2008 Cheetahs 20 (15)
2009–2015 Western Province 38 (35)
2009–2015 Stormers 89 (25)
2015–present Toulon 0 (0)
Correct as of 21 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Emerging Springboks 1 (0)
2012–present South Africa 37 (10)
Correct as of 18 June 2016
Vermeulen playing for Western Province (2010)

Daniel Johannes 'Duane' Vermeulen (born 3 July 1986)[3] is a South African rugby union player, who plays for French Top 14 side Toulon, having previously represented Western Province provincially and the Stormers in the Super Rugby.

Career[edit]

Vermeulen plays as a Number eight but he is equally adept at playing both blindside and openside flanker.

He began his career in the Free State, playing for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and the Vodacom Cheetahs in the Super 14. He eventually followed his former coach Rassie Erasmus and joined the much larger and more competitive Western Province rugby union in 2009 after three seasons with the Free State.

Although putting in some strong displays for the Stormers in the 2010 Super 14 season, where the Stormers made it all the way to the final, and looking like being a certain selection for the Springboks, Vermeulen was not called into the Springbok squad that faced Wales, Italy and France. He was also omitted from the Springboks 2010 Tri Nations Series squad.

Before his first full international cap, he represented South Africa at the second level of international rugby, appearing for the Emerging Springboks. The highlight of his appearances for the Emerging Boks was being a part of the squad that performed well against the British and Irish Lions, holding them to a 13–13 draw during their tour to South Africa in 2009.

After a stand out Currie Cup domestic Rugby Season, Vermeulen was named as part of the 39-man preliminary training squad ahead of the 2010 end of year grand slam tour to the Northern Hemisphere. He was once again overlooked for selection in the final squad. Injuries plagued Vermeulen's 2011 and early 2012 seasons, however, after playing just 9 games of Super Rugby, was selected as part of Heyneke Meyer's squad for the away leg of the Rugby Championship.

Vermeulen has twice won the Currie Cup, in 2007 with Freestate and in 2012 with Western Province.

In 2014, he was one of five nominees for the IRB Player of the Year award.[4] He was then named captain of the Stormers for the 2015 Super Rugby season. Whilst out with a neck injury, in June 2015 Vermeulen flew to France to be unveiled as a post-2015 Rugby World Cup signing for Top 14 club RC Toulonnais.[5]

International career[edit]

On 8 September 2012, Duane Vermeulen made his international debut for South Africa, where he formed part of the starting lineup going up against Australia. He was selected again to start the following week against New Zealand in Dunedin, where South Africa lost by 10 points. On 29 September 2012, South Africa beat Australia 31 – 8, a victory which marked Vermeulen's first Springbok win.

He was selected for the Springboks' 2012 Northern Hemisphere tour. Vermeulen received a man of the match award for his performance against England at Twickenham during this tour, based on a number of vital turnovers on the ground, 15 hard tackles, and his role of primary ball carrier on the day.

Test Match Record[edit]

Against P W D L Tri Pts %Won
 Argentina 4 4 0 0 1 5 100
 Australia 6 4 0 2 0 0 66.67
 England 2 2 0 0 0 0 100
 France 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Ireland 2 1 0 1 0 0 50
 Italy 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 New Zealand 6 1 0 5 0 0 16.67
 Scotland 3 3 0 0 0 0 100
 Wales 4 3 0 1 1 5 75
Total 29 21 0 8 2 10 72.41

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Pts = Points Scored

International Tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Argentina Soweto, South Africa FNB Stadium 2013 Rugby Championship 17 August 2013 Won 73-13
2  Wales Durban, South Africa Kings Park Mid-year rugby test series 14 June 2014 Won 38-16

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 21 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Points Yel Red
2007 Cheetahs 7 5 2 437 0 0 1 0
2008 Cheetahs 13 12 1 949 3 15 0 0
2009 Stormers 13 13 0 1040 0 0 0 0
2010 Stormers 15 15 0 1186 2 10 0 0
2011 Stormers 16 15 1 1178 0 0 1 0
2012 Stormers 8 8 0 640 0 0 0 0
2013 Stormers 10 10 0 791 0 0 1 0
2014 Stormers 16 16 0 1221 1 5 0 0
2015 Stormers 11 11 0 848 2 10 0 0
Total 109 105 4 8290 8 40 3 0

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