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Burger set for return


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Fri, 01 Dec 2006
Springbok flank Schalk Burger, the 2004 International Rugby Board Player of the Year, is geared for an earlier than expected return to the playing field, following neck surgery this year.


According to a report on the Stormers' website, quoting fitness and conditioning trainer Greg Hechter, Burger should be ready to play in their two pre-season friendly matches in January.

The fiery flank missed almost all of the Springboks' tests after suffering a career-threatening neck injury, which required surgery.

According to Hechter Burger has been working hard on his fitness and will join his team-mates at training soon.

"We are very confident that he will be ready for the start of the Super 14. He will be seeing a specialist in another week or two and we will make sure he is happy. At this stage it seems he will be cleared to play in January, which will give us a month and two friendly games to get him confident," explained Hechter.

The fitness expert added that when Burger joins the squad he would be fine to do everything except contact.

"He will only start taking contact in January."

The Stormers tackle the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 13 January, in the first of their pre-season outings. They then take on Boland in Wellington on 20 January, before they start their Super 14 campaign with a clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on 3 February.
Hechter also had good news about the other injured Western Province and Stormers stars.

"The way things look at this stage all the injured guys we've lost in the Currie Cup, such as Tonderai Chavhanga, Schalk Brits and Peter Grant, should be fit for the start of the Super 14 barring injuries from now on.


"Their rehabilitation is going really well. The same goes for Conrad Jantjes, who came from the Lions after a groin operation. His rehab program is going well and he is also joining the squad on Monday."

Hechter said Brits is partaking in 75 to 80 percent of the training sessions at the moment and is in the last bit of rehab for his injured knee.

"He is doing well and by next week he will be fully integrated in all aspects of training."

The contracted Springboks will also be joining the rest of the squad on Monday, except for centre Jean de Villiers, who is still with the Boks in England.

"He will get an extra two weeks off, before joining us for the training camp in George from 15 to 20 December. We will see how guys like Eddie, De Wet, Selborne and Gerrie are, but by all accounts they have also been working hard," said Hechter.

http://sport.iafrica.com/rugby/news/493730.htm[/b]

The big blonde maniac is back! :cheers:
 
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Prestwick

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Hurrah!

I can have my "drink a shot when Schalk Burger get penalised and drink a pint when Schalk Burger gets sin binned" game again!

South Africa's Autumn tour of Europe in 2004 was one of the drunkest in my life! :D

Edit: We also had a "guess which rule of Rugby Schalk Burger will break today" lottery too...although we'd get so drunk that we'd forget exactly which rule we had actually picked!
 
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getofmeland

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hmmm I would be wary if I was him, could do more damage if he is rushing back to try and secure a place in the world cup...

but otherwise fantastic news for South Africa...
 
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Rugby_Cymru

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I'm so relieved for his, and rugby's sake, that his injury wasn't career threatening.

Great news.
 
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nez

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Whatever the Saffies did to get Schalk back so quick needs to be passed on to the medical staff at Newcastle, England I think!
 
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BokMagic

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Whatever the Saffies did to get Schalk back so quick needs to be passed on to the medical staff at Newcastle, England I think!
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It`s called " braaivleis en krummelpap" in SA, the staple diet of your average Saffa. consisting of huge fillet and rump steaks, spare ribs, whole sheep and the odd giraffe thrown onto the barbercue- I`m salivating at :p the thought already.
 
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Rugby_Cymru

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It`s called " braaivleis en krummelpap" in SA, the staple diet of your average Saffa. consisting of huge fillet and rump steaks, spare ribs, whole sheep and the odd giraffe thrown onto the barbercue- I`m salivating at :p the thought already.
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Who isn't!
Mmmm...giraffe!
 
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BokMagic

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how about human anyone? eh eh?
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Sheesh, we`re carnivores over here, not cannibals!

No thanks, I`ll settle for a man-sized giraffe steak any day, the closest we`ll ever get to human meat is when Burger sails into another ball-carrier- much as we prefer it actually!
 

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