Cape Town – No 8 Duane Vermeulen has no regrets about not
being handed the Springbok captaincy and fully supports new leader Adriaan
Vermeulen, who plays his club rugby at French giants Toulon,
was a strong candidate to become the next Bok skipper, but ultimately it was
decided that the national captain should be based in South Africa.
But Vermeulen is not perturbed by the possibility of
captaining his country slipping by the wayside.
“I have no problem with the captaincy. It wasn’t my
decision, it’s all out of my control. It’s the coaches and SA Rugby’s decision
who they feel is the right guy for the job,” Vermeulen told reporters at Cape
Town Stadium on Tuesday.
Flank Francois Louw, who plays for Bath, was another
possible candidate for the captaincy and Vermeulen said the new skipper can
always knock on their door for advice.
“Adriaan Strauss is a good captain. He was captain of the
Cheetahs and now at the Bulls. He knows how things work at international level
so I’m supporting him 100%. And if he’d like some assistance from us other
senior guys then we’ll always be there to help,” said Vermeulen.