Back-row bruiser Duane Vermeulen has been called up to the Springbok squad for Saturday’s clash against France in Paris.
The veteran loose forward has officially taken the place of prop Coenie Oosthuizen who suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the first minute of last week’s 38-3 reverse against Ireland in Dublin.
Oosthuizen underwent a scan before flying home from Dublin, and the results showed that he has suffered medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage which will require surgery and an extended period of time of out of the game.
It was also confirmed that loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit will miss the French Test due to a concussion. He left the field after a blow to the head in the fourth quarter.
Vermeulen adds experience and, more importantly, grunt to a Bok pack that was manhandled by the Irish.
The team to play against France at the Stade France will be confirmed on Thursday.