Duane Vermeulen Has Some Harsh Words About The Current State Of South African Rugby
Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen feels that rugby in South Africa is in a state of “chaos” and doesn’t expect the situation to change soon.
Earlier this month, Vermeulen expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs with the state of the game in South Africa and hit out at the game’s administrators.
Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee has since denied that he’s had a falling out with Vermeulen after the Toulon captain was oddly left out of the Sprinbok’s squad for their end-of-year tour.
“You always get ex-players talking about the game,” Vermeulen told The Telegraph.
“You never hear current players say anything about the game but we are the guys who are really in there and see what is happening. Maybe I am the first active player to voice their opinion, but that is a good thing.
“I just wanted to stand up for the players. Other people feel they cannot say anything. If that hinders my opportunity to be selected, then so be it. I stand by what I said. It is just giving people the facts of what is going on.”
Vermeulen also highlighted the lack of leadership from the game’s administrators.
“The most important thing is that people should pull in the same direction,” he added.
“At the moment, it is just chaos. Everyone has their own agendas. That’s my opinion. That’s how I felt within the set-up.”
Vermeulen said the state at which South African rugby has deteriorated was best illustrated in their final Rugby Championship match in which they suffered a humiliating 57-15 defeat to the All Blacks in Durban.
“It was difficult to watch,” he said.
He went on to say he believes it’s going to be a while before things improve.
“You are not going to turn the ship that quickly,” said the former Stormers stalwart.
“Hopefully, guys will be pulling in the same direction. Everyone wants to lift the World Cup in 2019. I still would like to be a part of it. I spoke my mind. I took that chance. We’ll have to see what happens.”
The Springboks take on the Barbarians this weekend in Wembley Stadium.