London – English club Saracens have confirmed that the former Springbok loose forward Burger Schalk will leave them at the end of the current European season.
According to Saracens & # 39; official website, the 35-year-old Burger will return to Cape Town when the 2018/19 campaign ends.
"I'll make Saracens a happy man. I made great friends here and this is very well the featured feature," he said.
"The way we like rugby, taking the time together, the trips I've had with the team and we've won some trophies since I've been here too, so I have a lot of good memories.
"In rugby you go through stages where you play well and do not play well, but at the end of the day is the byproduct. What matters is the quality of the human being and the quality of the time that we spend together as a club.
"I would like to thank everyone immensely for taking not only me but all my family. We have had a lot of success in the field, but what stands out are the friendships I made on the pitch, so a huge thank you to all involved. "
Rugby director Mark McCall added: "It was a privilege to have Schalk in Saracens.
"It embodies many of the values we cherish, competing at all times, being a great teammate, leaving the club in a better place than you found.
"We have learned a lot from one of the great rugby players. We wish him and his family every success in the future."
Burger, who played 86 Tests for Springboks between 2003 and 2015 did not indicate whether he planned to continue his career in South Africa.
He represented the Stormers between 2004 and 2016.
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Schalk Burger talks about his time at Saracens and the incredible friendships he has made along the way. #Thank youSchalla ??? pic.twitter.com/vHB2iLhZI0
– Saracens Rugby Club (@ Saracens) February 27, 2019