Jacques Vermeulen’s team Exeter Chiefs of England won their first Heineken Champions Cup after beating French side Racing 92 in the final Picture: Dan Mullan / Getty Images
A year ago, he had to get used to playing on the frozen and muddy rugby fields of England every week.
And, as an Afrikaans-speaking man from Paarl in the Western Cape, he also had to get used to speaking English all the time – sometimes tying his tongue in knots.
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