Sunday 20 August 2017

Burger ankle Injury blow for Springboks

33-year-old Burger has won 86 caps for his country and was an integral member of the team that reached the World Cup semi-final last year. Stock photo: PA
33-year-old Burger has won 86 caps for his country and was an integral member of the team that reached the World Cup semi-final last year. Stock photo: PA

Schalk Burger has been ruled out of the South Africa squad for Ireland's three-Test tour in a fresh blow to new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

The Saracens-bound flanker suffered an ankle injury while playing for the Stormers against the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend and has been ruled out for five weeks.

The 33-year-old has won 86 caps for his country and was an integral member of the team that reached the World Cup semi-final last year.

"He's always got those Springbok ambitions," Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said.

"He's a quality Springbok and he approaches every week like he wants to play for the Springboks. I think the injury is a blow."

Meanwhile, Ulster have appointed former Ireland captain Willie Anderson as an Elite Player Development officer in their Academy.

The former flanker, who was Matt Williams' assistant coach at Leinster and Scotland, will rejoin the province in July and will work as a forwards specialist.

Former Ireland prop Bryan Young has also rejoined the province as a Talent Development Officer on a full-time basis after serving two years as a consultant with responsibility for the scrum.

Irish Independent

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