PRETORIA – Springbok forward Duane Vermeulen says there are no favourites for this year’s Rugby World Cup, to be hosted in Japan starting in September.
“You know, I don’t think there is a standout favourite to win this World Cup,” said Vermeulen
“I think there are about eight teams that can really compete for it. It’s pretty open. That makes it good for us, but it can also be a dangerous spot to be in, because anyone can win it. So if you’re not switched on on the day, you’re screwed.”
Vermeulen, 32, though, isn’t looking too far ahead into the season just yet.
“I’m just taking it step-by-step. You know, in a year like this, you cannot plan too far ahead. You’ve really just got to work hard, take care of your body, and be in a good mental space in every single game you play. And then you need to be ready to take your opportunities when they come.