Guinness Premiership
Burger plays down Saracens link
February 26, 2009
Stormers flanker Schalk Burger runs out for his 50th Stormers cap, Stormers v Sharks, Super 14, Newlands, Cape Town, February 14, 2009
Schalk Burger has maintained that he is happy with the Stormers © Getty Images

South Africa flanker Schalk Burger has played down media reports linking him with a move to Guinness Premiership side Saracens. Burger currently plays in the Super 14 for the Stormers, but has been linked with a move after Stormers defence coach Brendan Venter agreed to take up the reins at Saracens from next season.

With up to 18 members of the current Saracens playing staff rumoured to be leaving there is speculation that the side will become heavily manned by South African players in line with the influence of a group of South African investors at the club.

Burger, and his Stormers and Springbok colleague Jean de Villiers, had been whispered as marquee signing for Saracens but Burger has moved to commit himself to the Stomers and South Africa.

"I am with the Stormers until the end of the year. I want to play my rugby here. There are big Tests coming up against the British and Irish Lions, as well as a Tri-Nations," he told Die Burger newspaper. "I would like to play in South Africa and for the Springboks for as long as possible. If I want to do that, I probably can't go overseas."

Other names that have been mentioned in connection with Saracens' South African revolution are Stormers hooker Schalk Brits and Lions duo Ethienne Reynecke and Anton van Zyl.


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