Schalk to stay in SA

Schalk Burger has turned down lucrative overseas offers and will stay with Western Province for two more years.

The Springbok flanker had been approached by many clubs up north, but has opted to remain loyal to his province and country. His current contract lasts until the end of this year, but he has now signed a deal that will keep him in Cape Town until the end of 2011.

This will also make Burger eligible for the World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand that year. Burger backed Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus and ultimately said it it was the love of the region that kept him there.

‘The Cape is my home, and I am passionate about Province and the Stormers and am very pleased to be contracted to play for a further two years,’ Burger said in a statement.

‘I believe there is something exciting happening under the current coaching staff and am looking forward to the next two years of rugby in the Cape.’

The conclusion of the British & Irish Lions series is expected to yield the announcement of many senior Boks departing overseas, but Burger’s announcement is a major coup for the country’s rugby.