Duane Vermeulen was named Stormers captain for the 2015 Super Rugby competition on Friday. The 28 year old Springbok No 8, was unveiled at a press conference in Hermanus, where the Stormers had just conducted a pre-season training camp over the last four-day.
The Stormers were forced to name a new captain after regular skipper Jean de Villiers was sidelined due to a severe knee injury . However, the announcement raised some eyebrows as the 2014 Currie Cup winning captain Juan de Jongh, was named vice-captain.
Vermeulen is well respected among his Stomers peers as he captained the team during 2014 – most notably in the memorable 21-19 win over the Sharks in Durban.
Sport24.com reports – The Stormers have spent the past few days in camp in Hermanus, a 38-man group having done some team-building activities on Wednesday and stepping up their on-field training with a double session on Thursday. There are six new faces in the Stormers’ pre-season group, two of whom are still Under-21 and four of whom have graduated from the 2014 league-topping Western Province Under-21 side.
February 14th will mark the Stormers’ opening game in the 2015 Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria, while their first home game is against the Blues, at Newlands,a week later.