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The Schalk Burger Signs With UK Rugby Premiership Champions The Saracens

Former Springbok, Schalk Burger has now signed a deal to play for Aviva Rugby Premiership Champions, The Saracens...

The Schalk Burger, the man of steel, the flippen legend!... has signed a two-year contract to play for the Sarries for the 2016/17... it guess it goes without saying, Both Schalk and The Sarries are pretty stoked about this to say the least.The Schalk Burger is reported to have said of his new signing:,
“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. “It’s an exciting challenge for me and my family and hopefully I can add a lot of value both on and off the field to an already successful group of players and coaches. I’m looking forward to playing alongside my new teammates and playing in front of all the Saracens fans and getting to know everyone at Allianz Park.”
Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall said of The Schalk Burger:
“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. By the beginning of next season we will have lost two highly experienced back row forwards in Ernst Joubert and Jacques Burger, so to have a player of Schalk’s calibre coming into the squad is fantastic news.“He is a man who has achieved everything there is to achieve in the game of rugby. 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.”
Schalk will tie up with the Sarries as soon as he completes his stint with Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath and Super Rugby’s Stormers...obvs 🙂Schalk, from me over here at PharSide... Welkom bra, jy gaan dit lekker geniet hoor.Some fun facts and honours for The Schalk Burger:Height: 6 ft 4 inWeight: 114 kgs
  • Has played in 4 Rugby World Cups and been a winner in 1 (2007)
  • He was awarded IRB (World Rugby) player of the year in 2004
  • He has been awarded "SA Rugby Player of the Year" twice (2004 & 2011)
  • Springbok Captains in History, he is Number 55
  • He was nominated as "Young SA Rugby Player of the Year" twice (2003 & 2004)
  • Holds the record for the most Test tries by any Springbok flanker in history which is currently: 14 tries.
  • The Schalk Burger made his Super Rugby and Currie Cup debuts in 2004
This signing follows other fellow South African Rugby Players also now playing for English Premiership sides, (New 2015/16 transfers):Jean de Villiers - Leicester TigersVictor Matfield - Northampton SaintsShaun Malton - Exeter ChiefsTim Swiel - QuinsRichard Palframan - London IrishPat Howard - Northampton SaintsBrian Mujati - Sale SharksMichael Rhodes -SaracensWynand Olivier - Worcester WarriorsMouritz Botha - Newcastle FalconsAnd let's not forget a few familiar names also making appearances in French Premiership sides (New 2015/16 Top 14 transfers):Thor (Duane Vermeulen) - ToulonBismarck du Plessis - MontpellierJannie du Plessis - MontpellierRuaan du Preez - AgenJohann Sadie - AgenSteven Kitshoff - Bordeaux BèglesJoe Snyman - CA BriveFlip van der Merwe - Clermont AuvergneRossouw de Klerk - GrenobleRicky Januarie - La RochelleDemetri Catrakilis - MontpellierJacques du Plessis -MontpellierSchalk van der Merwe -MontpellierJacobie Adriaanse - MontpellierPaul Willemse - MontpellierWiaan Liebenberg MontpellierCameron Wright - MontpellierPierre Spies - MontpellierCJ van der Linde - MontpellierAkker van der Merwe - Racing 92Willem Alberts - Stade FrancaisGert Muller - ToulouseLooks like Montpellier has instantly become the Saracens of France in terms of dishing out SA player contracts.
Sources: Saracens and Wikipedia

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