Burger starts in 100th game
Dunedin - Centre Juan de Jongh will captain
the Stormers in their Super Rugby tour-opener against the Highlanders at
Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 08:35 SA time).
De Jongh takes over the leadership reins
from No 8 Duane Vermeulen, who is being rested as per the franchise agreement
with SA Rugby, while Schalk Burger comes in for his first start of 2015 and
will take over the vice-captaincy.
Aside from backing up De Jongh in the
leadership department, Burger will also be making his 100th appearance in a
Stormers jersey - having made his debut against the Waratahs in Cape Town on
March 13, 2004.
The 31-year-old Springbok star joins
Andries Bekker (2013) and Jean de Villiers and Peter Grant (both 2014) in
reaching this impressive landmark for the men from the Cape and Stormers head
coach Allister Coetzee paid tribute to the team’s “ultimate warrior”.
“I don’t think people realise exactly what
Schalk went through in 2012 and 2013, first with his knee injury and then his
illness,” Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“Schalk really is the ultimate warrior and
just to get back into the game, nevermind what he has achieved since then,
speaks volumes about the man’s character.”
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12
Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8
Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean
Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble,18 Frans Malherbe, 19
Eben Etzebeth, 20 Michael Rhodes, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman,
23 Huw Jones