Saracens star Jacques Burger retires from international rugby

Saracens star Jacques Burger retires from international rugby

  • Namibia’s skipper hangs up his Test boots after concussion
  • The Welwitschias have one Pool match left against Argentina on Sunday
  • Burger rightly proud of his international career

Namibia’s talismanic Captain Jacques Burger has hung up his international boots after he was ruled out of their final Pool match this weekend with a concussion.

The Saracens back-row took a significant blow to the head just nine minutes into their game against Georgia on Wednesday and following an examination has been ruled out of contention for their last match against Argentina at the Leicester City Stadium on Sunday.

“It was a huge disappointment that I could not complete last night’s match and an even bigger disappointment that I will not be able to play on Sunday,” Burger admitted.

“I was really hoping to finish my international career in style, the emotions were building up to the match on Sunday and to have it ended abruptly like this after just 10 minutes is a bit of a setback.

“But I have no regrets, I have had a wonderful time playing for Namibia with my friends.”

The Namibians, under Burger’s leadership, have gained worldwide respect for their progress in this Rugby World Cup. They also won their first-ever point at a finals following their narrow 17-16 loss to Georgia.

Fellow flanker Rohan Kitshoff is now favourite to lead the side against the Pumas at the weekend.

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