Part Six of the Rugby's Biggest Bruisers series takes us down to the Southern Hemisphere with a look at a Springbok, a Fijian and an All Black.
The bulldozing back-rower earning himself the man-of-the-match award in last year’s World Cup final came as no surprise as he continued the marauding assault he has enacted on opposition throughout his career. Vermeulen, standing at 1.93m and weighing 117kg is the complete package with bullocking runs over the advantage line, brilliant skills on the ground, subtle handling and hard, solid defence.
This Fijian powerhouse currently plies his trade with Lyon in the French Top 14. An extraordinary athlete, he is known for his incredible strength which, more often than not, leaves his opponents sprawling on the floor. He has represented Fiji at both the 15-man game and at 7s. A joy to watch and a nightmare to defend against.
This no-nonsense, hard running, hard tackling bruiser of a centre appeared for the All Blacks on 103 occasions. Known and respected all over the world, the 37 year old is still playing top level rugby for the San Diego Legion.