Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
11 Nov 2014
6:00 pm

Daunting Twickenham awaits younger Boks

Rudolph Jacobs

Playing at the intimidating Twickenham this weekend could be a real eye-opener for some of the younger players in the Springbok squad, said eighthman Duane Vermeulen today in London.

FILE PICTURE: Duane Vermeulen during the South African National rugby team media conference at Bertie+ìs Bar, Royal Garden Hotel on November 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Vermeulen, who was having a joint conference with Bok defence coach John McFarland, said the huge stadium could be a very noteworthy experience for the likes of Oupa Mohoje, Jan Serfontein and Handre Pollard.

“Playing at Twickenham against England, some of the younger and newer guys will have to absorb that atmosphere,” said Vermeulen.

Not only because it’s the home of England rugby, but also the conditions could be a learning venture, he said.

“Being softer under-pitch it will be different to what they’ve been used to although they had a bit of a taste at the Aviva Stadium. We’ll just see how it goes with the surface and the conditions,” said Vermeulen.

“With the World Cup being played in England next year it will be a valuable experience for the younger generation.

“We are all working towards next year for the World Cup, hopefully we can make the guys proud, and just enjoy it. And hopefully they can learn from this… just get a little bit more experience and be more comfortable for next year’s tournament,” added Vermeulen.