Duane: I can lead the Boks



November 24, 2016
Duane: I can lead the Boks

AMBITIOUS: Duane Vermeulen

Vermeulen has a new career goal: Springbok captain

Duane Vermeulen wants to captain the Springboks.

And he wants to be a leader with a groot bek.

Despite being unavailable for the national team on their tour of the UK because he is not fit enough, Vermeulen still spoke out against the current system within the national team.

But he believes he is vocal for all the right reasons as the players need a voice. And he will provide that voice.

The former Stormers captain, who now plies his trade for Toulon in France, tells Sarugbymag.co.za: “The captaincy is something that I felt would never come my way.

“I didn’t see myself as that sort of leader before. Things have changed quite a bit over the past few seasons, however, as I’ve had the chance to play a senior role with the Boks and captain the Stormers and Toulon.

“If that opportunity [to lead the Springboks] was to come my way now, I would be ready for it.

“It is something you will never turn down, a chance to lead your country. I’m ready for that responsibility.”

With current captain Adriaan Strauss to play in his final international his weekend, Vermeulen faces competition from Warren Whiteley, returning flyhalf Handre Pollard and Pat Lambie, who are all seen as possible leaders.

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