Vermeulen's Ulster debut on ice after positive test

───   MORGAN PIEK 06:45 Wed, 01 Dec 2021

Vermeulen's Ulster debut on ice after positive test | News Article
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The Springbok stalwart, Duane Vermeulen, will have to wait even longer to make his highly anticipated debut for Ulster in the United Rugby Championship.

The 35-year-old Vermeulen is not training with the team in Belfast after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Vermeulen was due to play for the Barbarians against Samoa in London last week, but this game was called off due to positive cases in the camp.

The Northern Irish club confirmed this news on their website and Vermeulen will be in quarantine until he is cleared.

"Ulster Rugby can confirm there will be a delay in Duane Vermeulen joining up with the Senior Men’s squad following his arrival in Belfast.

"As a result of testing positive for Covid-19 prior to entering the professional squad bubble, Vermeulen will not train with the team this week. He will continue to be monitored medically and is currently well.

"The Public Health Agency has been contacted, and it is expected that he will integrate into the squad over the course of next week."

The in-form Ulster travel this week to tackle the Ospreys in Swansea.

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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