Stormers stunned at Duane’s unveiling
Cape Town - The Stormers were unaware that
captain Duane Vermeulen had travelled to France to be unveiled by his new
French club, Toulon this week.
Vermeulen, 28, is currently sidelined with
a neck injury and will sit out the Stormers’ Super Rugby qualifier against the
Brumbies at Newlands this Saturday, which saw him to fly to France to be
unveiled to Toulon fans.
He will join Toulon on a three-year deal after
this year’s Super Rugby competition, but will be available for the Springboks
Stormers Director of Rugby Gert Smal told
Sport24 late on Thursday evening that they were taken aback by Vermeulen’s
sudden departure to France.
Smal commented: "We're obviously not
happy with what we've seen in the media, with the pictures and press coverage
from Toulon. However, we cannot comment on the matter until we have spoken to
Duane Vermeulen upon his return from France.
only focus at this stage is on the 23 players that are fit and have thus been
selected in the Stormers squad for Saturday's Super Rugby Qualifier against the
Brumbies and to ensure that they remain focused on the task at hand, which is
winning and progressing further in the tournament."
Toulon posted the following via their official Twitter account on Thursday: "Duane Vermeulen discovers his new club and training ground."