Schalk ("Schalla") Burger Jr.
(born 13 April 1983 in Port Elizabeth
) is a South African rugby union
player. He plays the position of flanker
in the Springbok
rugby union team.
His father, also called Schalk Burger, was an international lock
, being capped for South Africa during the "isolation years" of the 1980s. Schalk was schooled at Paarl Gimnasium
, and enjoyed success in many sports.
After playing for the Under 21 Springbok side that won the U21 Rugby World Cup
in 2002 and then captaining it in 2003, Burger was selected for the senior Springbok squad. He made his debut against Georgia
in 2003 at the Rugby World Cup
and has since carved out a name as one of the best flankers in the world with solid performances in the Super 12
and Currie Cup
. Burger plays club rugby for the Stormers
and Western Province
Burger possesses all the necessary attributes to be a great loose forward. He is quick to the breakdown and has an abundance of stamina; he is rarely rested throughout the Stormers' Super 14 campaigns, South African Test matches or the Currie Cup. He is also a constructive link in open play with his ability to draw defenders and offload.
In 2004, Burger was selected as part of a rejuvenated Springbok squad which, under the guiding hand of new coach Jake White
, went on to win the Tri-Nations trophy for the first time since Nick Mallett
's team managed the feat in 1998.
To cap off a magnificent year, Burger was... Read More