Cape Town - Namibian international Jacques
Burger is scheduled to travel to Windhoek this weekend to join the national
squad ahead of the two-Test series against Russia starting on July 11.
Speaking from London where he was still
training with his club outfit Saracens this week, Burger said he was very
excited to play at home again.
“It is always great to play in front of
your people, friends and family. I am really looking forward to join up with my
team-mates and represent my country again.”
Burger played the last of his 30 Test
matches for his country in Namibia’s 19-12 defeat to Canada in Colwyn Bay in
November last year and if selected for the first Test against Russia it will be
his first appearance for Namibia on home soil since November 2009 against
“The senior players will all be back and we
need to support the very talented local based players with our experience and
decision making on the field. I really can’t wait to play for Namibia again,”
Regarded as one of the most abrasive and
effective open-side flanks in European rugby, Burger earlier this year made his
100th appearance for Saracens and then celebrated the milestone a week later by
featuring in Saracens’ 28-18 win over Bath in the Aviva Premiership final.
The 31-year old was plagued by injuries in
2013 and early in 2014 but made a remarkable comeback to be part of Saracens’
second Premiership title in five years.
Burger says he is very happy with his
“It was a very long season in Europe and we
played a lot of rugby over the three competitions. I have had a month off, it
has done me a great deal of good and I feel that I am ready to give my best
Burger was adamant that the recent turmoil
in Namibian Rugby which saw the resignation of coach Danie Vermeulen less than
100 days before the Rugby World Cup would not affect his team’s campaign leading
up to Rugby World cup 2015.
“There was a lot said and done off the
field but with us as players nothing has changed. To represent your country is
n privilege not many people enjoy. We promise our supporters that we will
continue to give our best, stay positive and work towards our goal of recording
a first ever victory at Rugby World Cup,” said Burger.
Burger called on the Namibian people to
rally behind the team.
“We can’t achieve our goal without the
support of the entire country and hope the public will get behind us. This will
give us the confidence we need going into the Test series against Russia and
the rest of our campaign leading up to Rugby World Cup 2015.”
Before jetting out to Namibia, Burger will
visit SW19 to watch tennis at Wimbledon.