Michael Vermaak

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Michael Vermaak
Date of birth (1979-10-10) 10 October 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Uitenhage, South Africa
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb; 238 lb)
School Hoërskool Brandwag
University Free State Technikon
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number Eight
Current team Despatch
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011, 2014–present Despatch 12 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2004 Free State Cheetahs 6 (5)
2001, 2005–2006, 2008–2009 Mighty Elephants 45 (25)
2006–2007 Falcons 28 (15)
2012–present SWD Eagles 26 (10)
Correct as of 7 April 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Southern Kings 0 (0)
Correct as of 11 April 2013

Michael Vermaak (born 10 October 1979) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with Eastern Province Grand Challenge club side Despatch.. His regular position is number eight.[1][2][3]


He started his career playing in 2001 for his local provincial team the Mighty Elephants in 2001. In 2002, he joined the Free State Cheetahs to play in the South African Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions, but failed to progress to the Currie Cup side.

He rejoined Mighty Elephants in 2005 where he became a regular in the team. The following season, he moved to the Falcons, who were playing in the Currie Cup Premier Division at the time and also became a regular starter for them.

He rejoined the Mighty Elephants at the start of the 2008 Vodacom Cup season for a third time, captaining the side on several occasions over the next two seasons. However, he then suffered a series of injuries and missed the entire 2010 season. In 2011, he joined local club team Despatch.[4] His form for them earned him a contract at the SWD Eagles for the 2012 Vodacom Cup season.[5]

He was also included in the Southern Kings training squad to play against the British and Irish Lions during their 2009 tour, but he failed to make the final 22-man squad.[6]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Michael Vermaak". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "It's Rugby Player Profile Michael Vermaak". It's Rugby. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Scoresway Player Profile Michael Vermaak". Scoresway. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  4. ^ Silke, Norman (19 January 2011). "Despatch is vol planne". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). Media24. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ Green, Michael (11 November 2011). "Gewese OP-kaptein mik hoog by Arende". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Kings pick familiar faces". British and Irish Lions. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
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