Cape Town - Jano Vermaak, one of South
Africa’s most experienced scrumhalves, is believed to be on the Stormers'
shopping list for their 2015 Super Rugby campaign.
Vermaak currently plies his trade for
French Top 14 club Toulouse. He is a former SA Under-21 representative who has
also played for the SA Sevens side as well as the Emerging Springboks.
The 30-year old was a member of the
Springbok squad for most of the 2012 season, with Ruan Pienaar and Francois
Hougaard as the two first choice scrumhalves in the squad.
The native of Graaff-Reinet made his Test
debut for the Springboks on June 8, 2013 against Italy at Kings Park in Durban.
He suffered a hamstring injury in the 62nd minute of that Test and had to be
replaced. Since then he has played three Tests for the Boks.
Besides having represented Toulouse in 20
games, he has notched up 79 games for the Lions in Super Rugby. Before leaving
for Toulouse, he played 29 Super Rugby games for the Bulls.
The Stormers already have tried and tested
scrumhalves like Nic Groom, Louis Schreuder and promising youngster Godlen
Masimla in their squad.
Groom, 24, is an attacking scrumhalf with a
quick service and an aggressive defensive game. Schreuder, 24, is highly
regarded by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer who has invited him to Bok training
camps in the past. And even though Schreuder has proven leadership ability,
sound decision making and a tactical kicking game, he does not have the
slickest service in the business.
Masimla is a nippy halfback who offers a
slick service, clears the base of the scrum well and snipes well around the
fringes. His has worked hard on improving his kicking game.
Vermaak is a balanced scrumhalf who does
the basics really well. He kicks competently, has an eye for the gap and likes
to attack the spaces around the fringes. His biggest asset is his vast
experience and should add value to the Stormers squad.