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The big No 8 sustained the ankle injury when he carried the ball up close to the tryline and was tackled by Bok teammate Pieter-Steph du Toit. Vermeulen’s left ankle seemed to get trapped somewhat, and he was limping immediately when he got up from the ground.
Somewhat unbelievably, he managed to pull one more carry in a subsequent phase of play, before deciding that enough was enough.
He added another photo of him in his hospital gown in his Instagram story, with a surgery emoji: “Here we gooo.”
Bok coach Jacques Nienaber will host a press conference later on Wednesday, where it is hoped that he will provide further clarity on Vermeulen’s injury.
The first Test against Georgia will be played on July 2, at a venue yet to be confirmed. The Boks are currently in camp in Bloemfontein.