Rugby

Burger to skipper Stormers

2013-01-16 13:23
Schalk Burger (File)
Cape Town - Fit-again Springbok flank Schalk Burger has resumed the Stormers captaincy and will lead the Cape side during the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

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Burger was the designated Stormers captain last year but his 2012 campaign lasted just 14 minutes before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Hurricanes in Round 1.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee also confirmed on Wednesday that centre Jean de Villiers would continue as the team's vice-captain.

Coetzee said: "Now that he is fit, Schalk will resume the Stormers captaincy in 2013.

"We are, however, blessed with an incredibly strong leadership base in every position. Schalk will have the Springbok captain in Jean de Villiers to lean on, an Absa Currie Cup-winning captain in Deon Fourie and I haven't even mentioned the likes of Andries Bekker, Tiaan Liebenberg, Duane Vermeulen, Dewaldt Duvenage and Bryan Habana - all of whom are leaders in their positions."

The squad has been in Hermanus since Monday and the coach expressed his delight at the work done so far.

"We've upped the rugby-specific side of things this week, but we're also having a bit of fun and the guys have responded really well," said Coetzee.

"We've still got two days to go after this, including a fun adventure race on Friday, and then we will turn our attention to next month's warm-up matches."

The Stormers open their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 22. Kick-off is at 19:10.

HAVE YOUR SAY: With Schalk Burger fit again, are the Stormers favourites for the SA Conference title again in 2013? Perhaps even overall Super Rugby glory? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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