Rugby World Cup 2019: Duane Vermeulen predicts ‘massive test’ against All Blacks in Rugby Championship showdown

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Springboks captain Duane Vermeulen is prediction a “massive test” as he leads his country for the first time against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday. 

Vermeulen will become South Africa’s 62nd test skipper in the absence of regular captain Siya Kolisi, who is recovering from a knee injury.

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This weekend’s battle at Westpac Stadium will also be his first match against the New Zealanders since the 2015 World Cup semi-final in England, which the All Blacks won 20-18. 

“Only a few players had the honour of captaining the Springboks in the history of our game, so it is an unbelievable honour for me,” said Vermeulen. “There’s a bit of emotion, but it’s controlled emotion.

“Both teams are looking forward to this game. We both

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