D-day for Burger

While his team-mates are busy clashing with the French, Schalk Burger will undergo a neck operation on Saturday.

Burger expressed his disappointment at being ruled out, but nevertheless wished the Boks well. “The news is obviously very disappointing and I am currently feeling a little discomfort. We will take it one step at a time after the operation,” he said.

“I want to thank my team-mates for their support and wish them well for the Test against France.”

The Springbok management confirmed that Burger sustained a cervical neck injury with nerve root compression, during the Test against Scotland in Port Elizabeth.

Dr Yusuf Hassan, the Springbok Team Doctor, said this was confirmed after an MRI scan was conducted on the player. The player was sent for neurosurgical evaluation and the recommendation is that he requires surgery.

Springbok captain John Smit said Burger was a player that he could always count on no matter what. “He is someone that gives nothing less than his every effort for every team that he plays for. On behalf of the team I want to wish him a speedy recovery and good luck with his period of rehabilitation,” said Smit.