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Saracens after Schalk

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 1 Feb 2009 at 20:23
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Springbok flank Schalk Burger and defence consultant Brendan Venter are both strongly being linked with English club side Saracens.

Rapport reports that it is believed Burger’s agents are seeking an early release from his Springbok contract for him to play on a short-term contract later this year. Venter is being lined up to succeed Eddie Jones as director of rugby later this year.

Saracens lost a friendly game to the Stormers 33-43 and beat Boland 52-20 on their South African tour.

It was reported in October last year that Saracens had their eye on top South African players such as Burger, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers.

Since then it has been reported in England that they are after Burger and Habana as loan players. The club reportedly believes it has the boardroom connections to pull off the deals.

South African company Sail has a share in Premier Team Holdings, who own Saracens, as well as part ownership in Western Province and the Blue Bulls. These two provinces are Burger and Habana’s respective employers.

The plan for Burger is apparently to play a handful of games at Saracens and then return for next year’s Super14. His contract at Western Province runs out in October.

“We heard the rumours, but don’t want to comment now,” said Stormers spokesperson Frikkie Erasmus.

Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, said they would enter talks with Burger about his future this coming week.


  • From Wagner and Erasmus’ comments there seems to be some truth behind this article.

    😎 Let WP concern themselves with sideshows. 😉

    12 Days!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.09 20:29:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Wasn’t this the plan all along? Plus according to reports he has accepted a Bok contract. Sounds similiar to what Carter is doing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.09 20:36:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    You have to wonder if he will say the same thing as Butch James next year. “Too much Rugby”

    So IF he does go it will be
    Super 14, Lions, 3N, GP and straight back into the S14 2010.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.09 20:44:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Okay I have to go to bed now, I have a day of WORK tomorrow for a change 🙁

    Will be scarce to non-existant

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.09 20:47:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • WHOOOHOOOO I got a GSP on the Guinness Premiership Superbru. 😎

    Pulled a few points ahead of SilverFox. 😛 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.09 20:58:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Matfields real rallying cry….After the Lions we earn pounds 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.09 15:50:07 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :

    Play well now and your pounds will increase.

    Earn pounds later or get pounded now!!!!!! From the warmups it seems as if the bulls have opted to get pounded now. 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.09 16:49:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : hey kazaa! Wassup?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.09 16:52:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Sitting in jeddah Airport, 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.09 17:03:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From Planet Rugby:
    Jones to walk from Saracens?
    Tuesday 03rd February 2009

    Former Australia coach Eddie Jones is rumoured to be considering resigning his post at Saracens due to an increasingly South African outlook at the club.

    Reports have also suggested that Springbok flanker Schalk Burger is set for an early SA Rugby release in order to go the other way on a short-term deal with former London Irish coach Brendan Venter taking over in Watford.

    Currently co-owned by South African company Sail, who also have a stake in Western Province and the Blue Bulls, it would seem likely that a possible player link between the sides may emerge.

    And with the recent news that the owners are also apparently keen for a future ground share with Fulham Football Club in an attempt to boost their domestic attendances, Jones is close to walking out.

    It is rumoured that the former Brumbies boss began to feel unhappy when chief executive Mark Sinderberry – his CEO in Canberra – departed Vicarage Road just two months ago.

    A decision on Jones’ future is expected as early as next week.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.09 15:57:33 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • I think a Sharks reciprocal relationship with an English club would be a good thing….and no Rudolph, Bradford doesn’t count.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.09 16:15:21 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Schalkie wont take that easily. Maybe I am wrong but that lot is to use to good wine and is one hell of a tight family.

    He cant leave the Stormers and WeePee, no way. 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.09 16:16:54 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) :

    But Schalk and his father are all big buddies with the SAIL directors, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.09 16:20:44 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Sorry it’s Bedford not Bradford 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.09 16:25:08 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 13) : Cant tell but hope you wrong. 🙁

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.09 16:27:58 by PaarlBok Reply


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