Burger signs two-year deal with English side Saracens

2016-01-06 06:00
PHOTO: gallo images Springbok flank Schalk Burger will join English side Saracens for the start of the 2016/17 season.

PHOTO: gallo images Springbok flank Schalk Burger will join English side Saracens for the start of the 2016/17 season.

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ENGLISH Premiership champions Saracens have signed Schalk Burger on a two-year deal that will see the Springbok flanker play for the club from the beginning of the 2016/2017 season.

In a statement on the Saracens website, Burger, who has 86 Springbok caps, says he is excited at the prospect of playing in both the English Premiership as well as the European Cup.

“I’m delighted to be joining Saracens. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in both the Aviva Premiership and the European Cup, two of the leading competitions in world rugby for such a special club,” said Burger.

Burger will join Saracens after finishing a spell in Japan where he plays for the Suntory Sungoliath and only after his Super Rugby commitments to the Stormers.

Mark McCall, director of rugby at Saracens, believes the experience that Burger will bring to Saracens is invaluable, especially with the club losing back rowers Ernst Joubert and Jacques Burger to retirement.

“Schalk is a Springbok legend, and will add a huge amount of experience and quality to our young English pack of forwards at the club. We have always talked about having the right blend of experience and youth in our squad, so to be able to add one of the world’s finest players to the group is extremely exciting news.”

“… Not only is he a fine rugby player, he is a humble and down-to-earth guy who we believe we will fit into the Saracens environment.

“We’re all very excited to welcome Schalk and his family to Allianz­ Park for the 2016 season,” added McCall.

- Sport24.

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