This would be a huge boost to South Africa ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Reports coming out of France over the weekend seem to suggest that Duane Vermeulen will leave Toulon at the end of the current season. The 39-times-capped Springbok is expected to re-sign for the Stormers, the club he left in 2015 in order to take up a contract in the south of France.
According to the report, Vermeulen’s decision is “dictated by his willingness to best prepare for the 2019 World Cup with the Springboks”. The South African publication, Sport24, reported back in December that Rassie Erasmus was keen to get Vermeulen back in the South African system ahead of the 2019 World Cup. The former Munster Director of Rugby seems to have gotten his wish to get the 31-year-old back to the southern hemisphere.
The powerful back-row has only played four times for the Springboks in the last two seasons, he should be able to feature more prominently for the Springboks once he returns to the Stormers.
Losing a player of his ilk would undoubtedly be a blow to Toulon but it’s has been reported that the cash-rich French club backed by Mourad Boudjellal are eyeing up two-time World Cup winner with the All Blacks, Jerome Kaino, as a possible replacement.