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Burger to play in Japan

Schalk Burger (Gallo Images)
Schalk Burger (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok and Stormers flank Schalk Burger has signed a deal to play for Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath, the supersport.com website reports.

It is reported to be a two-year deal, starting in August.

Burger will, however, not be lost for South African rugby as his contract allows him to turn out for the Stormers during the Super Rugby season and for the Springboks later in the year.

At Suntory, he will join up with fellow Springbok team-mate Fourie du Preez.

The 31-year-old Burger was on Saturday included in Heyneke Meyer's 36-man Springbok squad for the upcoming June internationals.

The Boks start their year with a game against the World XV at Newlands on June 7, followed by two Tests against Wales (Durban, June 14 and Nelspruit, June 21) and one against Scotland (Port Elizabeth, June 28).

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Incoming Series 2014:

Willem Alberts (Sharks), Loose forward - 30 Test caps
Bakkies Botha (Toulon, France), Lock - 78
Schalk Brits (Saracens, England), Hooker - 5
Schalk Burger (Western Province), Loose forward - 68
Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Loose forward - 15
Damian De Allende (Western Province), Centre / Wing - 0
Lodewyk de Jager (FS Cheetahs), Lock - 0
Juan de Jongh (Western Province), Centre - 14
Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Hooker - 57
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Prop - 51
Fourie du Preez (Suntory, Japan), Scrumhalf - 67
JJ Engelbrecht (Blue Bulls), Centre / Wing - 12
Johan Goosen (FS Cheetahs), Flyhalf - 4
Bryan Habana (Toulon, France), Wing - 95
Cornal Hendricks (FS Cheetahs), Wing - 0
Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls), Scrumhalf - 27
Zane Kirchner (Leinster, Ireland), Fullback - 28
Siya Kolisi (Western Province), Loose forward - 10
Willie le Roux (FS Cheetahs), Fullback / Wing - 12
Francois Louw (Bath, England), Loose forward - 28
Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls), Lock - 110
Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (FS Cheetahs), Loose forward - 0
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Prop - 53
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Wing - 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (FS Cheetahs), Prop - 14
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, Northern Ireland), Scrumhalf - 74
JP Pietersen (Sharks), Wing - 51
Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), Centre - 9
S’bura Sithole (Sharks), Wing / Centre - 0
Gurthrö Steenkamp (Toulouse, France), Prop - 49
Frans Steyn (Sharks), Utility back - 53
Morné Steyn (Stade Francais, France), Flyhalf - 54
Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Lock - 34
Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Prop - 0
Duane Vermeulen (Western Province), No 8 - 16
Callie Visagie (Blue Bulls), Hooker - 0
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