Schalk back with Boks

Schalk Burger will join the contracted Springboks at their training camp in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The Bok flanker, who had a neck fusion operation in June, has been given the green light to start training again. He is also allowed to go back to gym.

“It’s unbelievable,” Burger told Rapport rugby writer Rudolph Lake. “I got the best possible news this week. My neck operation was a complete success and the vertebra is nearly 95% regrown. I can start training again and gym – I can do everything except contact training.”

Burger said he’d begun to work on his fitness as soon as he received the good news from his doctor.

“I almost had a heartattack I was so unfit!” he said. “But it was great to be doing something again.”