Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen was the star of the annual South African Rugby Union Player of the Year Awards when he walked off with three awards, including the main award of the season.
Vermeulen was named SARU Rugby Player of the Year after an extensive voting process, which included the country’s rugby media and the public through SARU’s online and social media platforms.
The 28-year-old Vermeulen, who will captain the Stormers this year, also won the coveted SARPA Players’ Player of the Year and Super Rugby Player of the Year Awards for 2014.
“Duane has been outstanding in 2014 and these awards are just reward for the excellent form he showed last year, as one of the Springboks’ key performers and for the Stormers,” said SARU President Oregan Hoskins.
Hot on Vermeulen’s heels, with two awards, was young Springbok fly-half and Junior Springbok captain Handr