Rugby players often suffer the occasional injury but one would feel for Schalk Burger, as he has
been plagued by injuries for quite some time now.
After being side lined for more than 17 months, Burger made his return to the Western Province
September 27 marked the 30-year-old’s return from a lengthy injury which kept him out of the
game for a while. To top off the comeback, the WP team were also able to start his comeback off
with a come-from-behind victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The former IRB International Player of the Year in 2004 has sadly been on a slow decline when
it comes to his performance due to injury problems and also battling serious illness.
Among the injuries Burger had over the past few years, these include a knee injury, calf injury
and also contracting bacterial meningitis. As good as it was seeing him back on the field – one
can’t help but wonder if he will be able to perform at his best again.
Watching the last two games Burger played, he has performed well but one can also see that the
coaching staff is easing him back into the squad to try and keep the injuries away.
Getting back to the injuries, the Newlands faithful must understand that having all these
problems in the past, his rugby career could be close to its ending years.
At the moment all that we as rugby supporters can do, is enjoy the rugby he dishes out and know
that the aggressive blindside-flanker is back and reeling to go. Let’s hope Burger can keep the
fairy tale return going, maybe even defend the Currie Cup successfully and stay on the field
without any serious injuries.
Adrian van Veen