Springbok Legend Duane Vermeulen Poised for Coaching Role with the National Team

Springbok Legend Duane Vermeulen Poised for Coaching Role with the National Team

Rassie Erasmus Likely to Take Over as Springboks Head Coach

With Jacques Nienaber stepping down as the Springboks coach post-World Cup, the anticipation is high for Rassie Erasmus to reclaim the top position.

However, a change in the coaching staff is on the horizon, particularly in the area of defense, a responsibility previously held by Nienaber.

Vermeulen Tipped as the New Springbok Defense Coach

Recent reports from SARugbymag suggest that Duane Vermeulen is poised to be announced as the new Springbok defense coach.

Although the official announcement might not be immediate, sources claim that the decision has already been finalized.

This move could add a valuable dimension to the Springboks’ coaching team.

Vermeulen’s Transition from Player to Coach

As tributes pour in for the retired double Rugby World Cup-winning No. 8, attention turns to Vermeulen’s potential coaching role.

Despite hanging up his boots at the Test level, Vermeulen is not stepping away from the game entirely.

Earlier reports hinted at a possible coaching role for him at the Stormers, a move that is now confirmed by Stormers coach John Dobson.

“We started talking with Duane last year,” Dobson explained.

“We knew he was going to retire, and he was keen to stay in Cape Town.

We reached an idea where he could look after the forwards in our pathway, which is very important, making sure those guys are technically strong.”

Challenges in Vermeulen’s Coaching Transition

While the prospect of Vermeulen joining the Stormers coaching staff is exciting, Dobson acknowledges some challenges.

The equity deal, though approved by the clubs, is yet to go through the final processes, creating a transitional phase for the team.

Despite these hurdles, both parties express eagerness to make the move happen, with hopes of finalizing details in the coming weeks.

Vermeulen’s Affinity for Coaching

Vermeulen’s coaching potential was evident during the Springboks’ World Cup pool game against Ireland, where he was seen alongside Erasmus and Nienaber.

Even then, he hinted at considering a move into coaching, stating, “You never know.

If you had asked me this a couple of years ago, I would have probably said no.”

As the Springboks undergo coaching changes, and Vermeulen embarks on a potential coaching career, the rugby world watches eagerly to see how these transitions unfold.

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