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Friday 22 September 2017

Burger to miss England tests

South Africa flanker Schalk Burger is set to miss the three-Test series against England next month due to a knee injury.

Burger has not played since he tore medial ligaments while captaining the Stormers on the opening weekend of the Super 15 season in February.

The 29-year-old had hoped to return for the opening Test on June 9, but, after missing the Stormers' recently-completed four-week tour, the club yesterday admitted they did not expect him to recover in time.

"Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster (all knee injuries) are expected to return only after the June break," a club statement read.

Vermeulen's exclusion also comes as a blow to the Springboks after the No 8 enjoyed a good start to the season before also suffering a knee injury.

Burger was at the centre of controversy three years ago when he was banned for eight weeks after he was found guilty of eye-gouging Irish Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, Gloucester have announced the signing of Irish winger Shane Monahan for next season.

The 25-year-old joins from Championship side Rotherham, for whom he scored 11 tries this season.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me to pit myself against the very best in the English club game," Monahan said.

"Gloucester already have some really talented backs in the squad and it's going to be great for my game to work with them."

Irish Independent

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