Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
6 Mar 2021
7:00 am

The big, burning question around the Bok No 8 position

Rudolph Jacobs

Duane Vermeulen isn't going to be around for much longer, so the hunt is well and truly on to find a suitable replacement.

Springbok and Bulls eighthman Duane Vermeulen is in top form, but who is next in line at a national level? Picture: Getty Images

After Duane "Thor" Vermeulen was honoured with the country’s most coveted rugby award this week, a question remains which has not yet been answered: Who will replace big Duane when he is done? At 34 Vermeulen is in the form of his life, but what will happen if he is to break down and get injured or decide to call it a day? No doubt the Bulls captain is still good to go for the series against the British and Irish Lions, and even for the next World Cup in France in 2023 when he will be 36. Having had...