Springbok legend spotted on Bulls training pitch

Springbok legend spotted on Bulls training pitch

Retired Springbok Duane Vermeulen was seen on the Bulls’ training paddock in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Speculation has been rife around the future of the two-time Rugby World Cup winner, who has expressed interest in coaching the game that has brought him so much.

During the World Cup in France, Vermeulen was seen in the coaching box alongside Bok Brains Trust Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber as the Springboks took on Ireland.

Then in November, Stormers coach John Dobson admitted that there had been talks with Vermeulen possibly looking after the forwards, but nothing had been signed. 

Now, Vermeulen’s presence at the Pretoria-based franchise this week has ramped up production at the rumour mill. A spokesperson for the Bulls told Rugby365 on Tuesday that the 37-year-old is “sharing tips and catching up with some friends that he has not seen in a while” for the next two days.

Vermeulen played 76 Test matches for the Springboks between 2012 and 2023, scoring three tries. He also skippered the side on four occasions.

During his storied playing career, he also represented the Pumas, Cheetahs, Western Province, Stormers, Toulon, Kubota Spears, Bulls and Ulster.

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