Experienced Springboks No.8 Duane Vermeulen takes over as captain of the Bulls


Pretoria – Duane Vermeulen will take over as captain of the Bulls after the Pretoria announced his appointment on Tuesday.

The hugely experienced Springboks No.8 will assume ownership of the armband after Burger Odendaal’s move to Johannesburg to join the Lions recently.

The 34-year-old, who recently revealed that he was the target of a blackmail plot by hackers, will be assisted by flanker Arno Botha and winger Gio Aplon as deputies.

This is not the first that Vermeulen has been in a leadership position, he captained the Springboks against New Zealand in Wellington last year and also wore he Stormers armband during the 2015 season.

“It is always a privilege to play a game of rugby and it is one I never take for granted‚” said Vermeulen.

“It’s a massive honour to be appointed captain of this group‚ especially at this exciting time when so much is expected from us. A huge thank you must go out to Jake (White) and the management team for trusting me with this immense privilege.

“This year has been a difficult one for many South Africans but rugby will return and when it does the Bulls will be ready to make you proud.”

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