Contractual dilemma for Vermaak
New Springbok scrum-half Jano Vermaak has been sidelined for three to four weeks with his hamstring strain sustained in the win over Italy on Saturday.
According to Supersport, Bulls doctor Org Strauss revealed that Vermaak had a grade one hamstring strain, and this would rule him out for almost a month, which means he will miss the rest of the Boks' games in the quadrangular tournament against Scotland, Italy and Samoa and possibly one or two Super Rugby matches.
The injury couldn't come at a worse time for Vermaak who has to make a decision about his future soon.
The 28-year-old has a big-money offer from Toulouse and with the Top 14 transfer window closing at the end of this week, he must make a decision shortly.
It will be a difficult decision for Vermaak. He was initially offered a contract salary reduction by the Bulls and then received the big-money offer from France.
But after being picked to start the Test against Italy, Vermaak will realise that he is in Bok coach Heyneke Meyer's plans and if he moves to Toulouse he will once again fall back in the pecking order for the Springboks' number nine jersey.
Vermaak has to weigh up a lesser offer from the Bulls, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he decides to stay in South Africa and fight for a Bok place, he may not necessarily sign again at the Pretoria-based franchise.
Vermaak was unhappy at being offered “half his current salary” to stay at the Bulls, and while they have upped that offer since, it has opened the door to other South African franchises to try and secure his services for next season.