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Saracens after Schalk

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 1 Feb 2009 at 20:23
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Springbok flank Schalk Burger and defence consultant Brendan Venter are both strongly being linked with English club side Saracens.

Rapport reports that it is believed Burger’s agents are seeking an early release from his Springbok contract for him to play on a short-term contract later this year. Venter is being lined up to succeed Eddie Jones as director of rugby later this year.

Saracens lost a friendly game to the Stormers 33-43 and beat Boland 52-20 on their South African tour.

It was reported in October last year that Saracens had their eye on top South African players such as Burger, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers.

Since then it has been reported in England that they are after Burger and Habana as loan players. The club reportedly believes it has the boardroom connections to pull off the deals.

South African company Sail has a share in Premier Team Holdings, who own Saracens, as well as part ownership in Western Province and the Blue Bulls. These two provinces are Burger and Habana’s respective employers.

The plan for Burger is apparently to play a handful of games at Saracens and then return for next year’s Super14. His contract at Western Province runs out in October.

“We heard the rumours, but don’t want to comment now,” said Stormers spokesperson Frikkie Erasmus.

Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, said they would enter talks with Burger about his future this coming week.


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