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Kubota Spears land Springbok Vermeulen

Kubota Spears have pulled off a coup by signing South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen.

Vermeulen had been linked with Bath, but the 31-year-old has agreed a deal for a move to the Top League after ending a three-year spell with Toulon.

The forward confirmed he would miss the Rugby Championship after starting all three Tests in the Springboks’ 2-1 series win over England.

Vermeulen was coy when asked if his absence was due to a new club commitment, but the former Stormers man’s switch was confirmed on Thursday.

“I am honoured and grateful to be a member of the Kubota family and looking forward to joining the Spears.” said Vermeulen.

“I promise to share my experiences I have been honoured with so far with all of Kubota Spears and will do my best on and off the field for Kubota Spears. And from Kubota Spears’ team-mates, I would like to learn more about the attitude to rugby and many other things.”

The Spears are coached by former Lions and Bulls mentor Frans Ludeke. News wire is powered by opta

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