Schalk Burger always knew he would return to the game after his career-threatening neck injury.
Speaking in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday, the Bok flank said he’d put his faith in his doctors, and not the media.
“Reading those articles in the press did nothing for my confidence, and I remember being very scared and nervous before the operation. But I knew Iâ€™d be all right, having spoken to a couple of doctors who had assessed my injury and assured me the operation would be a success.”
Burger also explains what he did with himself during his time away from the game, and what he wants to achieve in 2007.
Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:
â€“ New scrum laws: Ollie le Roux, Gary Botha and BJ Botha give their verdicts
â€“ Last chance saloon: The superstars Jake can’t ignore
â€“ NEW! World Cup experts: Corne Krige on the All Blacks, Shaun Sowerby on the Poms
â€“ Wikus van Heerden: Why I left the Lions
â€“ On call with Doctor Jannie du Plessis
â€“ The rise of Lions prop Heinke van der Merwe
â€“ Troy Flavell”s All Black ambition
â€“ Peter Hewat’s message to the Wallaby selectors: Give me a go!
â€“ Boks Sevens captain Jonathan Mokuena
â€“ Naas explains why Brent Russell shouldn’t have been promised the Stormers No 10 jersey
PLUS: Giant 2007 fixtures poster