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Vermeulen surprise add to South Africa

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa at the Rugby World Cup despite fracturing his jaw in a test three weeks ago.

Veteran scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and No. 8 Duane Vermeulen also made the Springboks squad announced on Friday despite not playing an international this season.

Vermeulen, South Africa's player of the year in 2014, had been a big doubt with a neck injury. Du Preez, a 2007 World Cup winner, has been struggling with a knee injury.