Coetzee names Vermeulen as Stormers captain

BY NATALI IVERSON - JANUARY 16, 2015

Springbok’s flanker, Duane Vermeulen, was named as the DHL Stormers captain for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Stormers head coach, Allister Coetzee, named the 28-year-old as the team’s new leader during a press conference in Hermanus on Friday morning, where the side had just completed a four-day training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stormers Centre Juan de Jongh, who was captain of the team in the ABSA Currie Cup season last year, was named as vice-captain.

“Both Duane and Juan are long-time and key members of the DHL Stormers playing squad,” Coetzee said.

“They know the culture well and will inspire those around them in what is the toughest provincial competition in world rugby.

“We have a very, very young playing squad – both Duane and Juan are young leaders themselves, but they are the right men to take this team forward in the absence of Jean de Villiers and with Schalk Burger joining us only when his Japanese club commitments come to an end,” he added.

The Newlands based team was forced to name a new captain for the Super Rugby series, after original captain, Jean De Villiers, had been side-lined due to a severe knee injury.

They will be taking on the SWD Eagles on the 24th of January, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs on the 30th of January as well as the Boland Cavaliers on the 7th of February, all of which are warm-up matches for the Super Rugby season.

 

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