Vermeulen out of Test series
INJURY UPDATE: Springbok No.8 Duane Vermeulen has been ruled out of his team's three-Test series against France because of a shoulder injury.
Vermeulen joined the Springboks on Tuesday straight after his arrival from France, where he led his club side Toulon in the Top 14 Final against Clermont on Sunday.
Vermeulen was assessed by the Springbok team doctor on Tuesday and referred to a shoulder specialist in Cape Town to determine whether surgery is needed.
Meanwhile, Stormers centre Damian de Allende has been ruled out of the opening Test.
De Allende suffered a haematoma in the Super Rugby encounter between the Stormers and Sharks just over a week ago.
Lions centre Lionel Mapoe is struggling with a hamstring injury.