Experienced eighthman, Duane Vermeulen, has joined the Springbok team at their Cape Town base on Sunday after missing the opening two test matches against the British and Irish Lions due to an ankle injury.

Vermeulen, who reported for duty briefly at the team’s training camp in Bloemfontein in June, has been undergoing rehabilitation following surgery several weeks ago.

However, his steady progress proved to be sufficient for Vermeulen to be called up to the squad that won the second test 27-nine at the Cape Town stadium on Saturday night.

According to coach Jacques Nienaber, Vermeulen will be medically assessed as soon as possible.

The series decider against the British and Irish Lions takes place at the same venue next Saturday.