“I’m delighted to be joining Saracens,” says Schalk Burger
Springbok legend Schalk Burger will join Saracens next season
The32-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Aviva Premiership club
Burger has won 86 caps for South Africa and was part of the squad that reached the semifinals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Saracens have signed South Africa great Schalk Burger for the 2016-17 season.
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) January 4, 2016
The legendary Springbok loose forward will link-up with the reigning Aviva Premiership champions for the 2016/17 season after signing a two-year deal with the Allianz Park club.
On his future move to Saracens, the 32-year old legend said: “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 McCal added: “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.
“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.”