Burger likely to lead Stormers

2013-01-11 07:38

Cape Town - Springbok flank Schalk Burger looks likely to captain the Stormers in Super Rugby this year, despite Jean de Villiers carrying the mantle as Springbok skipper.

Die Burger's website reports that Burger, who missed the whole of last season due to a knee injury sustained in his side's first Super Rugby outing, is the favourite to again start the season as captain.

Burger has since recovered from his injury and is reportedly raring to go for the new season. De Villiers took over the captaincy after Burger's injury against the Hurricanes and also went on to lead the Springboks, with coach Heyneke Meyer recently stating he would like the 31-year-old centre to continue leading the national side in 2013.

This will not be the first time a player has successfully captained his provincial team while the national captain plays under him. During the 1996/97 seasons, No 8 Zinzan Brooke led the Blues to Super Rugby success, while the All Black captain at the time, Sean Fitzpatrick, played under him. The All Blacks were also very successful in that period, winning a series in South Africa in 1996, as well as back-to-back Tri-Nations titles.

Meanwhile, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will on Friday give more clarity regarding the availability of wing Bryan Habana (knee), utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt (breastbone), scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage (leg), centre Marcel Brache and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (both neck injuries) for the upcoming season.

The Stormers start their Super Rugby campaign away to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 22.

They are likely to play two warm-up games against the Cheetahs and Boland, with the dates yet to be confirmed.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Is Schalk Burger the right man to lead the Stormers in this year's Super Rugby competition? Or are you a non-Stormers fan and couldn't really care... ? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-11 07:51

    Jean is a good player and captain, but this is really no surprise.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2013-01-11 07:52

    Great to have him back and Im sure he is dying for some action....Kolisi,Burger and Vermeulen my loosies.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-11 08:07

    Can't wait for the rugga season to start . Only thing that keeps me sane in this country .oh and of course the SHARKS !

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-11 08:25

    In the name of fairness I've always thought its best for a player who loses his position or status due to injury, to be reinstated when they are fully fit, unless of course if they lose their place due to lack of form or tactical in abilities.

  • Dagbekruiper - 2013-01-11 08:36

    Hy is n D005

      danie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-11 09:15

      Verkeerd jy is die DOO5

  • ShotLeft - 2013-01-11 09:12

    Lekker Skallamarie!

  • nadiema.solomons - 2013-01-11 09:19

    Either way it will be good for the province.we can be glad we have so many talent in western province.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2013-01-11 09:43

    I am not sure where Schalk will fit in in the national side? I believe he has seen his last Springbok jersey, or at least that's the way it should be. The youngsters should be prepared for the RWC now, and gain all the experience they can !

  • gavin.rooy - 2013-01-11 09:45

    Glad to see that Schalkie is back. One of the few players in world rugby that has no regard for his own body. (Also to his detriment) One thing is for sure its going to be a cracker of a Super rugby season, Gone are the days when one can say the Bulls or Sharks will dominate the SA conference.

      donavan.boshoff - 2013-01-11 19:13

      @gavin. The stormers HAVE dominated the super conference, ending top of the pile for two seasons now. The fact that you fall apart after the conference (also to your detriment), and don't compete is why the Sharks and Bulls are seen to be better teams. They don't pack it in with two games still to play.

  • hannes.handogg - 2013-01-11 09:50

    I'm stoked that Schalk is back. Always great seeing that man play rugby. But, in my humble opinion, I don't think he should be made captain. Not because he's got a lack of leadership qualities (he's got loads), but I think the older guys like Schalk and Jean should be used sparingly this season. Especially after what the youngsters proved they can do during the Currie cup. I would have personally kept Fourie as Captain, used him, Kolisi and Vermeulen as the loose trio, and ease Schalk back into the mix as a sub, by rotating him and Kolisi (also just recovered from an injury). That way your captain is always on the field. Then between De Jong, Taute and Brache, we have plenty of excitement in the centre positions. I would use Jean as a replacement player, saving him for the bigger battles and the latter stages of the competition. But once again, this is all in my humble opinion. Stormers!!!!

  • settie.zuweni - 2013-01-11 10:41

    Great to have him back!

  • - 2013-01-11 10:42

    Just hope he stays on the field (yellows) then all is A for away. - 2013-01-11 23:37

      He is notorious for yellow cards case closed.

  • steven.crofton - 2013-01-11 16:05

    Welcome back Schalkie!! I reckon if HM selects properly and we don't get as many injuries as last year, I see no reason why we can't win 11 out of the 12 tests this year, with the away game in NZ being the only potential loss. Because with young and seriously talented guys like Etsebeth, Goosen, Lambie, Jantjies etc. having some experience now, and guys like Schalk, Bismark, the Beast and how many other brilliant and experienced players coming back, it'll take a hell of a team to beat us.

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-01-11 17:12

    go schalk en stormers, vat die beker kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapppppppppppppppppppp toeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, stormersssssssssssssssssssss

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