Duane Vermeulen broke down in tears when the final whistle blew at the final of the rugby world cup and many thought they were tears of joy at winning, but they were not.
When Duane hugged the assistant coach Matt Proudfoot he started crying, and he revealed what Matt said to him according to sarugbymag.co.za.
'This is for him’, Matt said as they embraced.
Briefly.co.za learned that he was referring to Vermeulen's dad who died when the Springbok was just 8-years-old revealing an altogether deeper meaning for the No. 8.
‘That’s something special to hear from a coach, and when he said that, the tears just started rolling and I just couldn’t stop them,’ Vermeulen said.
Siya Kolisi's dad was there to see his son make history and it would have meant just as much to Vermeulen for his dad to be there and Matt's words opened the floodgates and he couldn't contain the emotions he felt.
Recently, Briefly.co.za, revealed that Siya had something beautiful to say to his wife who has been behind him even before he became the Springbok captain. He thanked her for being there for him and for making who he is today.
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