Vermeulen out of Stormers Super Rugby qualifier

Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen has been ruled out of his team’s Super Rugby qualifying match against the Brumbies this weekend.

Vermeulen will miss this weekend’s Super Rugby play off match against the Brumbies at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Vermeulen missed last week’s final round match and was a late withdrawal the week before against the Lions.

The No.8 pulled out of the Lions match after suffering with a a severe neck spasm but he was cleared to play by a Neurosurgeon.

The Springbok No.8 could also miss the Stormers Super Rugby Semi-final if they qualify for the second week of the play offs.

The injury could also keep him out beyond the Super Rugby final according to Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

The Stormers coach said that he was hopeful that Vermeulen would be available for a potential semi-final but they will not be taking any chances.

“Duane is improving a hell of a lot but I don’t think it’s enough for this weekend. Rule him out for this weekend’s game. Going forward hopefully there’s still a great opportunity for him,” Coetzee told Sport24

“It’s just about getting Duane to be pain free and his range. There’s a hell of a lot of improvement in terms of his range, so it’s coming along nicely.

“If you look at another week or two, then who knows, but one wants to be absolutely sure. You don’t want to put him back again if he gets another knock. So the decision is based on making sure that Duane will continue once he starts again.”

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