Jano Vermaak, one of South Africa’s most experienced scrumhalves, is believed to be on the Stormers’ shopping list for their 2015 Super Rugby campaign.
Vermaak currently plies his trade for French Top 14 club Toulouse. He is a former SA Under 21 representative who has also played for the SA Sevens side as well as the Emerging Springboks.
The 30-year old was a member of the Springbok squad for most of the 2012 season, with Ruan Pienaar and Francois Hougaard as the two first choice scrumhalves in the squad.
The native of Graaff-Reinet made his Test debut for the Springboks on 8 June 2013 against Italy at Kings Park in Durban. He suffered a hamstring injury in the 62nd minute of that Test and had to be replaced. Since then he has played three Tests for the Boks.
Besides having represented Toulouse in 20 games, he has notched up 79 games for the Lions in Super Rugby. Before leaving for Toulouse, he played 29 Super Rugby games for the Bulls.
The Stormers already have tried and tested scrumhalves like Nic Groom, Louis Schreuder and promising youngster Godlen Masimla in their squad.
Groom, 24, is an attacking scrumhalf with a quick service and an aggressive defensive game. Schreuder, 24, is highly regarded by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer who has invited him to Bok training camps in the past. And even though Schreuder has proven leadership ability, sound decision making and a tactical kicking game, he does not have the slickest service in the business.
Masimla is a nippy halfback who offers a slick service, clears the base of the scrum well and snipes well around the fringes. His has worked hard on improving his kicking game.
Vermaak is a balanced scrumhalf who does the basics really well. He kicks competently, has an eye for the gap and likes to attack the spaces around the fringes. His biggest asset is his vast experience and should add value to the Stormers squad.