His most recent exploits in the Springbok jersey served to momentarily plug the holes in erstwhile coach Allister Coetzee’s sinking career at the helm of the national team. Now Duane Vermeulen admits he has walked into an environment without the debilitating uncertainty that seemed to enshroud the Springboks’ European tour that yielded two wins and as many defeats at the end of last season. In November 2017 Vermeulen joined the Bok squad in Paris following their humiliating defeat to Ireland and his impact was immediate as they beat France and Italy on consecutive weekends. When he left they lost to Wales. "Last year was kind of the end of one coach’s era. I just don’t know how to say that‚" Vermeulen said on Tuesday. "The guys were in a difficult set-up. After losing to Ireland‚ when I walked in there, you could have felt that there was something different. The guys were down in their body language. You [could] see there was something missing‚" he said. Six months can be a long tim...

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