Duane Vermeulen

Duane Vermeulen
Duane Vermeulen 2012 Springboks.jpg
Vermeulen in 2012
Full nameDaniel Johannes Vermeulen
Date of birth (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthNelspruit, South Africa
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight117 kg (258 lb; 18 st 6 lb)[1][2]
SchoolHoërskool Nelspruit
Rugby union career
Position(s)Eighth man
Current teamKubota Spears
Youth Career
Senior career
2007–2008Free State Cheetahs28(10)
2009–2015Western Province38(35)
2018–presentKubota Spears7(5)
Correct as of 11 July 2019
National team(s)
2009Emerging Springboks1(0)
2012–presentSouth Africa52(15)
Correct as of 21 October 2019
Vermeulen playing for Western Province in 2010

Daniel Johannes "Duane" Vermeulen (born 3 July 1986)[3] is a rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Kubota Spears in the Japanese Top League, having previously represented the Pumas, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in South African domestic rugby, the Cheetahs, Stormers and Bulls in Super Rugby and Toulon in the Top 14.


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 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. One highlight of his appearances for the Emerging Boks was being in the squad that performed 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 the Free State 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]

After a short spell in Japan with Kubota Spears, Vermeulen travelled back to his home nation of South Africa as a Bulls-player, signing in October 2018.[6]

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српски / srpski: Дуан Вермулен