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Cape Town - Influential Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen will return to Cape Town for a further two-week rest period.
hard-working No 8 has been in outstanding form for the Stormers in
2015, but he will head home from Sydney on Sunday as part of the agreed
SA Rugby rest period, which affects the top Springboks in this, a Rugby
World Cup season.
“It’s a big one for us... it was a big decision to make,” explained Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
it is something we discussed and have been planning since the start of
the season,” he added, “the intention was always for Duane to spend the
first two weeks on tour and then to head home and be ready for the final
part of our season.
“We will of course miss him against the
Waratahs and the Force but when we get home his rest period will be over
and we will have him back in tow for a crucial part of the season.”
vice-captain Juan de Jongh missed the Stormers’ heartbreaking 20-25
loss to the Hurricanes on Friday, whilst wing Kobus van Wyk limped off
early in the second half with a tight hamstring, which is why utility
back Pat Howard has been summoned to join up with the squad in Sydney.
“Pat Howard will join us,” confirmed Coetzee, “ostensibly because of those two injury worries amongst our backs.
went over his ankle at training last week and by Wednesday morning he
wasn’t able to stand on his foot and he wasn’t able to complete
Thursday’s captain’s run.
“Huw Jones came in and deserves a lot of
credit for his performance - he had a good game and showed that he’s a
good prospect for the future.
“We’re expecting Juan to train again on Monday, which is great news, but, like I said, Huw did very well in his place.”
inside centre Damian de Allende took a bang to his knee on Friday
(“there is nothing structurally wrong,” according to Coetzee) and
flank Siya Kolisi took a knock to his head and was eventually
withdrawn from the action in the second half.
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