Bok hero Vermeulen home safe after travel nightmare

Springbok Rugby World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen has returned to South Africa after fearing that he might be stranded in Japan. 

Vermeulen, who was having enjoyable with membership rugby for the Kubota Spears, was trying to return to South Africa after the Japan Rugby Union on Monday cancelled their home season on account of coronavirus. 

Nonetheless with journey all through the globe restricted, Vermeulen had battled to get as soon as extra dwelling after arriving on the airport to see that his flight had been cancelled. 

The 33-year-old had additional flights cancelled all by means of the course of the week and, in an interview with Rapport, Vermeulen confirmed that he lastly bought as soon as extra to South Africa late on Thursday night. 

South Africa is presently experiencing a 21-day lockdown and Vermeulen is alongside collectively along with his household. 

With seemingly no methodology dwelling, Vermeulen explains how he acquired a message from South African, Alizane van der Merwe, who he had met by chance on his travels.

Van der Merwe, after listening to of Vermeulen’s troubles, advised him that she had secured a flight from Japan to South Africa on Ethiopian Airways on Wednesday night time.

“She advised me the flight was leaving and likewise gave me the counter quantity,” Vermeulen acknowledged.

“Due to I couldn’t e e book on-line, I begged them to simply accept money. Luckily, the airline agreed and I used to be capable of pay money for the ticket.”

Vermeulen flew from Tokyo to Seoul after which to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, earlier than lastly touchdown in Cape Metropolis on Thursday afternoon.

“After 24 hours, I used to be lastly as soon as extra contained in the Cape, and I’m now in self-isolation,” he added.

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