Duane Vermeulen

Daniel Johannes "Duane" Vermeulen (born 3 July 1986)[3] is a rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Kubota Spears in the Japanese Top League, having previously represented the Pumas, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in South African domestic rugby, the Cheetahs, Stormers and Bulls in Super Rugby and Toulon in the Top 14.

Duane Vermeulen
Duane Vermeulen 2012 Springboks
Vermeulen in 2012
Full nameDaniel Johannes Vermeulen
Date of birth3 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthNelspruit, South Africa
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight117 kg (258 lb; 18 st 6 lb)[1][2]
SchoolHoërskool Nelspruit
Rugby union career
Position(s) Eighth man
Current team Kubota Spears
Youth Career
2004–2005 Pumas
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2007 Pumas 26 (20)
2007–2008 Free State Cheetahs 28 (10)
2007–2008 Cheetahs 20 (15)
2009–2015 Western Province 38 (35)
2009–2015 Stormers 89 (25)
2015–2018 Toulon 68 (10)
2018–present Kubota Spears 7 (5)
2019 Bulls 14 (10)
Correct as of 11 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Emerging Springboks 1 (0)
2012–present South Africa 54 (15)
Correct as of 3 Novenber 2019
Duane Vermeulen 2010 WP
Vermeulen playing for Western Province in 2010


Vermeulen plays as a Number eight but he is equally adept at playing both blindside and openside flanker.

He began his career in the Free State, playing for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and the Cheetahs in the Super 14. He eventually followed his former coach Rassie Erasmus and joined the much larger and more competitive Western Province rugby union in 2009 after three seasons with the Free State.

Although putting in some strong displays for the Stormers in the 2010 Super 14 season, where the Stormers made it all the way to the final, and looking like being a certain selection for the Springboks, Vermeulen was not called into the Springbok squad that faced Wales, Italy and France. He was also omitted from the Springboks 2010 Tri Nations Series squad.

Before his first full international cap, he represented South Africa at the second level of international rugby, appearing for the Emerging Springboks. One highlight of his appearances for the Emerging Boks was being in the squad that performed against the British and Irish Lions, holding them to a 13–13 draw, during their tour to South Africa in 2009.

After a stand out Currie Cup domestic Rugby Season, Vermeulen was named as part of the 39-man preliminary training squad ahead of the 2010 end of year grand slam tour to the Northern Hemisphere. He was once again overlooked for selection in the final squad. Injuries plagued Vermeulen's 2011 and early 2012 seasons, however, after playing just 9 games of Super Rugby, was selected as part of Heyneke Meyer's squad for the away leg of the Rugby Championship.

Vermeulen has twice won the Currie Cup, in 2007 with the Free State and in 2012 with Western Province. In 2014, he was one of five nominees for the IRB Player of the Year award.[4] He was then named captain of the Stormers for the 2015 Super Rugby season. Whilst out with a neck injury, in June 2015 Vermeulen flew to France to be unveiled as a post-2015 Rugby World Cup signing for Top 14 club RC Toulonnais.[5]

After a short spell in Japan with Kubota Spears, Vermeulen travelled back to his home nation of South Africa as a Bulls-player, signing in October 2018.[6]

International career

On 8 September 2012, Vermeulen made his international debut for South Africa, where he formed part of the starting lineup going up against Australia. He was selected again to start the following week against New Zealand in Dunedin, where South Africa lost by 10 points. On 29 September 2012, South Africa beat Australia 31 – 8, a victory which marked Vermeulen's first Springbok win.

He was selected for the Springboks' 2012 Northern Hemisphere tour. Vermeulen received a man of the match award for his performance against England at Twickenham during this tour, based on a number of vital turnovers on the ground, 15 hard tackles, and his role of primary ball carrier on the day.

On 2 November 2019, Vermeulen played in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against England. He was part of the South African team that won their third World Cup at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan. He was awarded a man of the match award for his performance where he made a number of vital contributions, including 10 carries, making 49 meters (both the most in the match) and 2 turnovers.[7]

Test Match Record

As of 3 November 2019
Against P W D L Tri Pts %Won
 Argentina 6 6 0 0 1 5 100
 Australia 6 4 0 2 0 0 66.67
 England 7 5 0 2 1 5 71.43
 France 3 3 0 0 0 0 100
 Ireland 4 2 0 2 0 0 50
 Italy 3 3 0 0 0 0 100
 Japan 2 2 0 0 0 0 100
 New Zealand 9 1 1 7 0 0 11.11
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Scotland 5 5 0 0 0 0 100
 United States 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Wales 7 5 0 2 1 5 71.43
Total 54 38 1 15 3 15 70.37

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Pts = Points Scored

International Tries

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Argentina Soweto, South Africa FNB Stadium 2013 Rugby Championship 17 August 2013 Won 73-13
2  Wales Durban, South Africa Kings Park Mid-year rugby test series 14 June 2014 Won 38-16
3  England Bloemfontein, South Africa Toyota Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 16 June 2018 Won 23-12

Super Rugby Statistics

As of 21 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Points Yel Red
2007 Cheetahs 7 5 2 437 0 0 1 0
2008 Cheetahs 13 12 1 949 3 15 0 0
2009 Stormers 13 13 0 1040 0 0 0 0
2010 Stormers 15 15 0 1186 2 10 0 0
2011 Stormers 16 15 1 1178 0 0 1 0
2012 Stormers 8 8 0 640 0 0 0 0
2013 Stormers 10 10 0 791 0 0 1 0
2014 Stormers 16 16 0 1221 1 5 0 0
2015 Stormers 11 11 0 848 2 10 0 0
Total 109 105 4 8290 8 40 3 0


  1. ^ a b "SA Rugby Player Profile – Duane Vermeulen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/southafrica/rugby/player/91492.html
  3. ^ Duane Vermeulen player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  4. ^ "World Rugby Player of the Year nominees named" (Press release). IRB. 12 November 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Stormers-stunned-at-Duanes-unveiling-20150619
  6. ^ "Bulls confirm capture of Duane Vermeulen" (Press release). Sport24 (RSA). 26 October 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  7. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

External links

2012 Rugby Championship

The 2012 Rugby Championship was the inaugural annual rugby union series between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina. For sponsorship reasons, the competition was known as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina.

The 2012 Rugby Championship kicked off on 18 August with New Zealand defeating Australia and finished on 6 October. Each team played the other twice on a home and away basis. The inaugural Championship was won by New Zealand, which was their 11th Southern Hemisphere title including the Tri Nations.

2013 Rugby Championship

The 2013 Rugby Championship, known as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina for sponsorship reasons, was the second edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere championship consisting of Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. New Zealand as the 2012 holders, was trying to keep their 100% winning record in the championship after winning six from six in 2012.

The Championship began on 17 August with Australia hosting New Zealand at the ANZ Stadium and South Africa hosting Argentina at the FNB Stadium. The South Africa vs Argentina match was originally meant to be held at the Free State Stadium, but it was moved to the FNB to form a unique sports programme – Nelson Mandela Sports Day – in honour of Nelson Mandela.The Championship concluded with South Africa hosting New Zealand at the Coca-Cola Park and Argentina hosting Australia at the Estadio Gigante de Arroyito. Argentina were the only nation to reuse the same venues from 2012.The Championship was retained by New Zealand after a 38-27 win against South Africa in Ellis Park on 5 October, keeping their 100% winning record in the expanded championship.

2014 Rugby Championship

The 2014 Rugby Championship was the third edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship consisting of Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The tournament was won by New Zealand, with South Africa second, Australia third, and Argentina last.

The Championship began on 16 August with Australia hosting the defending champions, New Zealand, at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney and South Africa hosting Argentina at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. The tournament continued for seven weeks, which included two byes, and concluded on 5 October with South Africa versus New Zealand at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg and Argentina versus Australia at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

On 27 September, New Zealand clinched their third consecutive Championship after a bonus-point 34–13 win against Argentina in La Plata. The 2014 Rugby Championship was the first in which New Zealand failed to win all their matches – they drew with Australia in Week 1 and lost to South Africa in Week 6. It also saw the first Championship-match win for Argentina who defeated Australia 21–17 in the last match of the tournament.

2014 Wales rugby union tour of South Africa

In June 2014, Wales toured South Africa, playing a 2-test series against the Springboks. In addition to the two Test matches, Wales also played a warm-up uncapped match against domestic club side Eastern Province Kings. The three matches coincided with the June International Window, playing in the second and third week of the window.

Wales entered the test series on the back of 14 consecutive losses to South Africa; the last time Wales won against South Africa was in June 1999, the only time Wales have beaten South Africa. Wales were on 16 consecutive losses to the Southern Hemisphere greats, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with the last time they beat a Southern Hemisphere great was in November 2008, and have not won an away match to the Southern Hemisphere greats since 1969.

The 14 consecutive losses to South Africa were extended to 16, while the 16 consecutive losses to the Southern Hemisphere greats were extended to 18 following a 2–0 series defeat. The only win of the tour came in the un-capped match against the Eastern Province Kings, 34–12. During the test series, Wales and South Africa contested the Prince William Cup, which South Africa retained with the series victory. It was the seventh time South Africa won the trophy to Wales' zero.

2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B

Pool B of the 2015 Rugby World Cup began on 19 September and was completed on 11 October 2015. The pool was composed of South Africa, Samoa and Scotland – who all qualified automatically for the tournament due to finishing in the top three positions in their pools in 2011 – joined by the top Asian qualifier, Japan, and the second American qualifier, United States. South Africa and Scotland qualified for the quarter finals.

2015 Rugby World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup began on 17 October with two quarter-finals and concluded on 31 October with the final at Twickenham Stadium in London with all matches played over the course of three consecutive weekends.

2016 Ireland rugby union tour of South Africa

In June 2016, Ireland played a three test series against South Africa as part of the 2016 mid-year rugby union tests. It was the first time that Ireland had played a test series against South Africa in South Africa since 2004. They played the Springboks across the three weeks that the June International window is allocated to; 11 June–25 June. The series was part of the fourth year of the global rugby calendar established by the International Rugby Board, which runs through to 2019.

2018 England rugby union tour of South Africa

In June 2018, England played a three-test series against South Africa as part of the 2018 mid-year rugby union tests. The series was part of the sixth year of the global rugby calendar established by World Rugby, which runs through to 2019.

2019 Bulls (rugby union) season

In 2019, the Bulls participated in the 2019 Super Rugby competition, the 24th edition of the competition since its inception in 1996. They were included in the South African Conference of the competition, along with the Jaguares, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

The Bulls won eight, drew two and lost six of their matches during the regular season of the competition to finish second in the South African Conference, and in 5th place overall to qualify for the finals as a wildcard team. They lost in their quarterfinal match to the Hurricanes.

2019 Rugby Championship

The 2019 Rugby Championship was the eighth edition of the annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions.

The tournament schedule was similar to that of the 2015 edition, being shortened due to the World Cup.

New Zealand was the three-time back-to-back defending champions entering this years Championship. However, South Africa claimed their fourth title, their first since the inception of the Rugby Championship and their first Southern Hemisphere title since 2009.

They became the third team to claim the expanded Southern Hemisphere championship, following New Zealand and Australia.

2019 Rugby World Cup Final

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final was a rugby union match played on 2 November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. It marked the culmination of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and was played between England and South Africa, a rematch of the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.

The match saw South Africa claim their third Rugby World Cup title with a 32–12 victory, with tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe adding to six penalties and two conversions from Handré Pollard. The official player of the match was South Africa's number eight, Duane Vermeulen.The match was the United Kingdom's most watched TV broadcast in 2019 with a peak audience of 12.8 million watching on ITV.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B

Pool B of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 21 September 2019. The pool included title holders New Zealand and third-placed team from 2015 South Africa, while Italy also joined the pool after finishing third in their pool in 2015. They were joined by the African qualifier, Namibia, and the repechage winner, Canada.Neither of the final two matches in the pool were played due to the effects of Typhoon Hagibis; New Zealand were a point behind South Africa, who had played all four of their matches, going into the final game against Italy, so the two points awarded for the cancelled match saw New Zealand take top spot in the pool, while Italy finished third behind South Africa. Neither Namibia nor Canada managed a win in their first three matches, and the cancellation of their final match meant they finished level on points, with Namibia finishing higher on points difference.

2019 Rugby World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 19 October and will conclude on 2 November with the final at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan.

Don Armand

Donovan Wade Armand (born 23 September 1988) is an England international rugby union footballer. Originally from Zimbabwe, he plays as a flanker for Exeter Chiefs in the English Premiership.

Kubota Spears

Kubota Spears is a Japanese rugby union team based in Funabashi, Chiba participating in the Top League.

Nick Köster

Ralph ("Nick") Nicholas Köster (born 22 February 1989 in Robertson) is a South African rugby union player. He last played professionally for Bristol in the position of Flanker or Eight Man. He is currently captain of Cambridge University R.U.F.C.

Köster attended Bishops College in Cape Town and played in their First XV rugby team in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he played alongside Martin Muller and Mathew Turner. Köster made the Western Province Craven Week side in 2006 and 2007 when he was captain. He was called up for South Africa Schools in both 2006 and 2007.

He made his Currie Cup debut at the age of 19, playing at 8th man in 2008, and was picked on the bench for the Barbarians side to play Australia at Wembley, later that year. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers in 2009, playing on the wing, but suffered a knee injury against the Lions at Newlands Stadium which put him out of action.

His full-time return to the top flight was off the bench against the Griquas on 8 August 2010. The following week he started at openside flank (no.7) versus the Blue Bulls. Köster had Province's highest tackle count (24 tackles) against the Blue Bulls, while his 11 ball carries was second only to Duane Vermeulen and he was one of only three WP players to secure a turnover.

In October 2012, it was announced that he would join Bath. He scored his first try for his new club against Italian team Calvisano in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

He joined then RFU Championship club Bristol on a season long loan from August 2013, which evolved into Nick earning a permanent contract with Bristol, aiding them in their promotion to the Aviva Premiership in 2016.

In 2014 Nick became an ambassador for Project Zulu, a UK based charity running educational development projects in the Madadeni township, KZN, South Africa. During Project Zulu’s 2015 and 2016 UK Choir Tours Nick arranged for the South Africa choir to perform on the pitch at half time of Bristol games. He and his wife have also hosted young people from Madadeni during Project Zulu fundraising choir tours in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season, Koster was one of several players released by Bristol.Soon after leaving Bristol, Koster joined Cambridge University to study an MSt in Social Innovation. He also joined the famous Universities' rugby team for the 2017-2018 rugby season. Bringing plentiful professional experience to the entirely amateur first team, made up of students. On the 19 January 2018 Koster was named as men's captain for the Cambridge University R.U.F.C. 2018 rugby season.

Schalk Brits

Schalk Burger Brits (born (1981-05-16)16 May 1981) is a former rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He primarily played as a hooker.


Vermeulen is a Dutch toponymic or occupational surname, meaning "from the (wind/water) mill" (modern Dutch molen). It is a contraction of the surname Van der Meulen. In the Netherlands 20,633 people carried the name in 2007, making it the 30th most common surname, while in Belgium 13,552 people were named Vermeulen in 2008, making it the 11th most common name there.People with the name Vermeulen, VerMeulen, Vermeule, or Vermeulin include:

VermeuleAdrian Vermeule (b. 1968), American legal scholar

Blakey Vermeule (b. 1966), American British literature scholar

Emily Vermeule (1928-2001), American classical scholar and archaeologist

Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule I (1859-1950), American civil engineer

Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule II (1895-1943), American WWI soldier and civil engineer

Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule III (1925-2008), American art historian and museum curator

Thomas L. Vermeule (1814–1856), American soldier and politician in CaliforniaVermeulenAdrian Vermeulen (b. 1990), South African rugby player

Alex Vermeulen (b. 1954), Dutch multimedia artist

Alexey Vermeulen (b. 1994), American racing cyclist

Amy Vermeulen (b. 1983), Canadian football (soccer) forward

André Vermeulen (b. 1955), Belgian journalist and television personality

Andries Vermeulen (1763-1814), Dutch painter

Angelo Vermeulen (b. 1971), Belgian visual artist and scientist

Arjan Vermeulen (b. 1969), Dutch footballer

Benjamin Vermeulen (b. 1957), Belgian racing cyclist

Bram Vermeulen (1946-2004), Dutch singer, composer and cabaretier

Chris Vermeulen (b. 1982), Australian motorcycle racer

Cornelis Vermeulen (1644-1708), Flemish Baroque engraver

Duane Vermeulen (b. 1986), South African rugby player

Eddy Vermeulen (="Ever Meulen") (b. 1946), Belgian illustrator and comic strip artist

Edouard Vermeulen (b. 1957), Belgian fashion designer

Elvis Vermeulen (b. 1979), French rugby union player

Eric Vermeulen (b. 1954), French racing cyclist

Erik Vermeulen (b. 1959), Belgian jazz pianist

Esmee Vermeulen (b. 1996), Dutch swimmer

Ferdinand Vermeulen Krieger (1782-1865), Royal Netherlands East Indies Army officer

Franco Vermeulen, South African rugby player

Gidion Vermeulen, South African lawn bowler

Gijs Vermeulen (b. 1981), Dutch rower

Han F. Vermeulen (b. 1952), Dutch historian of anthropology

Hendrik Vermeulen (b. 1982), South African fashion designer

Herman Vermeulen (b.1954), Belgian footballer

Inge Vermeulen (1985–2015), Dutch field hockey player

Jaap J. Vermeulen (b. 1955), Dutch botanist

Jacques Vermeulen (b. 1995), South African rugby player

Jeff Vermeulen (b. 1988), Dutch racing cyclist

Johannes Vermeulen (1533-1585), also known as Molanus, Flemish Catholic theologian

John Vermeulen (1941-2009), Flemish author

Jorn Vermeulen (b. 1987), Belgian footballer

Kevin Vermeulen (b. 1990), Dutch footballer

Klaas Vermeulen (b. 1988), Dutch field hockey player

Koert Vermeulen (b. 1967), Belgian lighting designer

Lisanne Vermeulen (b. 1985), Dutch footballer

Luc Vermeulen, Flemish nationalist activist

Mark Vermeulen (b. 1979), Zimbabwean cricketer

Matatumua Maimoaga Vermeulen (1935–2012), Samoan politician, nurse and environmentalist

Matthijs Vermeulen (1888-1967), Dutch composer and music journalist

Michael VerMeulen (1956-1995), American magazine editor

Petrus Jacobus Franciscus Vermeulen (1846-1913), Dutch politician

Pierre Vermeulen (b. 1956), Dutch football player and coach

PJ Vermeulen (b. 1987), South African rugby player

Riaan Vermeulen (b. 1984), South African rugby player

Robert Vermeulen (b. 1955), American punk rock musician

Roeffie Vermeulen (1906–1963), Dutch Olympic sailor

Robert Vermeulen (="Tesco Vee") (b. 1955), American punk rock musician

Thijs Vermeulen (b. 1985), Dutch basketball player

Sita Vermeulen (b. 1980), Dutch pop singer

Walter Vermeulen, Samoan / Belgian surgeon, farmer and environmentalist

Waltie Vermeulen (b. 1988), South African rugby union player

William VerMeulen, American French horn playerVermeulinMichel Vermeulin (b. 1934), French racing cyclist

Warren Whiteley

Warren Roger Whiteley (born 18 September 1987) is a South African rugby union player for the Lions in Super Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Challenge. His regular playing position is eighthman. He has previously played for the Sharks and the Blitzbokke.

Whiteley has been the captain of the Lions in Super Rugby since 2014 when they team was re-introduced to the competition. The team has reached two finals in 2016 and 2017, which were losses against the Hurricanes and Crusaders respectively, since Whiteley was named captain.

In 2016 Whiteley became a regular starter for the Springoks following injury to the regular number 8 Duane Vermeulen in the second test against Ireland. Following Vermeulen's injury, Whiteley played the full 80 minutes of every game for the rest of the year, with the exception of the Barbarians fixture on 5 November, which Whiteley did not play in. Whiteley also scored three tries that year, crossing over the line against Argentina, Australia and Ireland,

Whiteley was named the new 58th captain of the Springboks in 2017, following Adriaan Strauss' retirement from international rugby. Whiteley was ruled out of the final mid-year test against France due to injury however, being replaced as captain by Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth. Whiteley missed the Super Rugby playoffs due to injury, with Jaco Kriel taking over as captain of the Lions. He went on to miss the entirety of the remaining 2017 season.

He returned in the opening match of the 2018 Super Rugby tournament for the Lions against the Sharks. However, he sustained an injury against the Blues and missed the majority of the Super Rugby season as well as the mid-year internationals, a match against Wales and a three-match series against England. Siya Kolisi took over captaincy in the absence of Whiteley and Etzebeth and kept his captaincy beyond the return of the two players.

Whiteley would go on to lead the Lions to the final of the 2018 Super Rugby tournament, a 37-18 loss to the Crusaders, the third consecutive time that the Lions were runners-up in the tournament. Whiteley started every game for South Africa in the 2018 Rugby Championship including a 34-36 victory against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium. The Springboks came second in the championship.

South Africa – current squad
Kubota Spears – current squad


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