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Former Sharks star caught in SA after theft results in England visa catastrophe

Jacques Vermeulen. (Picture by David Rogers/Getty Photos)

South Africa’s vaunted crime fee has left former Sharks star Jacques Vermeulen unable to return to the UK, the place he is at present enjoying for English Premiership heavyweights Exeter.

A number of UK publications, together with the Telegraph, reported on the 27-year-old flanker’s absence from the Chiefs’ lineup for his or her opening recreation of the season towards Leicester final weekend, which is right down to the documentation he required for his passport renewal being stolen alongside together with his automobile in Cape City.

Vermeulen had particularly returned house because of this.

Because of this, the method has now been delayed so badly that Exeter have needed to soar in and are desperately looking for an emergency visa for him.

A former Junior Springbok, Vermeulen has established himself as a key participant for the two-time English and as soon as European champions.

The Chiefs, below director of rugby Rob Baxter, have turn out to be famend for his or her thorough, data-driven scouting and recruitment course of and take pleasure in value-for-money signings, which has seen them appeal to a variety of full internationals.

Vermeulen can also be a part of a meaty contingent of completed if underappreciated South African gamers.

Former Bulls utility ahead Jannes Kirsten has turn out to be a cult hero on the membership, whereas Vermeulen’s former Sharks’ teammate and lock Ruben van Heerden joined within the low season.

In addition they signed Cheetahs stalwart Aidon Davis for the brand new marketing campaign.

It isn’t recognized whether or not Vermeulen will return in time for this weekend’s spherical of fixtures.

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