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Rugby dead? Not yet, but Le Roux's last rites read

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Willie le Roux. (Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
Willie le Roux. (Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

There is no substituting or replacing Duane Vermeulen.

His immovable physical and mental presence made the difference between Springbok defeat to New Zealand and victory last Saturday at Australia's Gold Coast.

With Siya Kolisi off the field through injury, the Boks needed leaders to stand up and wrest the win from its precarious sitting on a knife's edge.

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