|Full name||Schalk Burger Jr.|
|Date of birth||April 13, 1983|
|Place of birth||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|Height||1. Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa 93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (17 st 5 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Schalk ("Schalla") Burger Jr. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 A cap is an appearance for a select team such as a school county or international team in sports Western Province is a South African Rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Stormers, for sponsorship reasons referred to as Vodacom Stormers, are a South African Rugby union team competing in the Super 14 The following is a list of international Rugby union teams The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko (born April 13, 1983 in Port Elizabeth) is a South African rugby union player. Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short He plays the position of flanker in the Springbok rugby union team and is regarded as one of the best flankers in the world. A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko
His father, also called Schalk Burger, was an international lock, being capped for South Africa during the "isolation years" of the 1980s. A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 Schalk was schooled at Paarl Gimnasium, and enjoyed success in many sports.
After playing for the Under 21 Springbok side that won the U21 Rugby World Cup in 2002 and then captaining it in 2003, Schalk was selected for the senior Springbok squad. The IRB Under 21 Rugby World Cup was the premier tournament for male Rugby union players under the age of 21 organised by the sports governing body the International See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. He made his debut against Georgia in 2003 at the Rugby World Cup and has since carved out a name as one of the best flankers in the world with solid performances in the Super 12, Tri-Nations and Currie Cup. The Georgia national rugby union team represents the former Soviet Caucasian republic of Georgia in Rugby union. The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth Rugby union world cup and was won by England. The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Tri Nations is an annual international Rugby union series held between the national teams of Australia (the Wallabies) New Zealand (the For the cricket competition originally known as the Currie Cup see SuperSport Series. Burger plays for the Vodacom Stormers and Investec Western Province Rugby Union. Vodacom is a pan-African mobile telecommunications company and was the first cellular network in South Africa The Stormers, for sponsorship reasons referred to as Vodacom Stormers, are a South African Rugby union team competing in the Super 14 Investec plc ( and) is an international specialist banking group providing a diverse range of financial products and services. Western Province is a South African Rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament
Burger's fitness is remarkable. He is rarely rested throughout the Stormers' Super 14 campaigns, South African Test matches or the Currie Cup, whilst playing a major role in forward play and seldom being substituted before the final whistle. Despite these strengths, Burger does have a problem on field with accruing yellow cards and penalties frequently, a problem common to many - if not all - 'fetcher' flankers in world rugby.
In 2004, Burger was selected as part of a rejuvenated Springbok squad which, under the guiding hand of new coach Jake White, went on to win the Tri-Nations trophy for the first time since Nick Mallett's team managed the feat in 1998. Jake White (born 13 December 1963 in Johannesburg as Jacob Westerduin) is a Rugby union coach and former coach of the South Africa Nicholas Vivian Howard Mallett (born 30 October 1956) is a South African Rugby union coach and former player who is currently the head coach of
He was also awarded the most coveted rugby player's award, the IRB International Player of the Year award in the 2004 season. IRB Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by the International Rugby Board. In addition, he claimed the 2004 ABSA SA Rugby Player of the Year award.
After an indifferent 2006 Super 14 season, during which Burger showed only flashes of the brilliance that took him to the peak of world rugby, he was to once again start in his favoured number 6 shirt (openside flanker in South African rugby) in the national team for the upcoming expanded Tri-Nations test series against Australia and New Zealand. The 2006 Super 14 season started on Friday February 10 2006. The Grand Final was held on Saturday May 27 However, in the Springboks' Test match against Scotland on June 17th, Burger suffered a serious neck injury. During June of 2006, several Rugby union test sides played fixtures that were mainly contested in southern nations The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international Rugby union. The following day, it was confirmed that he would require cervical fusion surgery and would be out of action for at least the remainder of 2006. Spinal fusion, also known as spondylodesis or spondylosyndesis, is a surgical technique used to combine two or more Vertebrae.  The injury and the required surgery were serious enough for White to tell the media, "I don't want to jump to conclusions - but there is a chance he may never play again. " Burger's father told a Cape Town radio program that the injury was between his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae, adding, "Although the operation is difficult the fact that the injury is lower down his neck is good for a future prognosis of making a full recovery. Cape Town (Kaapstad Xhosa: Ikapa) is the second most populous city in South Africa, forming part of the metropolitan municipality of the In Vertebrates cervical vertebrae (singular vertebra) are those vertebrae immediately behind (posterior to the Skull. " The South African Rugby Union released a statement on 24 June, the date of the surgery, indicating that the surgery was successful and that Burger would undergo six to eight months of rehabilitation with plans to return him to the game. 
Following surgery, Burger returned to the Vodacom Stormers line-up on January 13th 2007, playing 55 minutes as the Stormers lost to the Bulls. Despite the loss, Burger did show flashes of the brilliance that took him to the peak of world rugby in 2004/05. After a shaky start to the 2007 Super 14 season, Burger inspired the Stormers to their first win of the campaign against the Chiefs as the Stormers recorded their first points of the season in a tense 21 - 16 victory at the Newlands Stadium.
In mid-2007 he was picked in the Springboks squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The 2007 Rugby World Cup was the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international Rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. He has been linked with a move to Harlequins of the English Premiership after the cup. The Harlequin Football Club (The Harlequins or Quins for short is an English Rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby The English Premiership (known as the Guinness Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Guinness) is a professional league competition for Rugby 
During the Springboks' first match of the Rugby World Cup against Samoa, Burger was cited for a high tackle on Junior Polu, and on 11 September was given a four-match suspension which would have in theory kept him out of the team until the semi-final. The national Rugby union team of Samoa is called Manu Samoa (the name of a famous Samoan chief some 10 generations ago However, this was reduced to a two-match suspension on appeal. 
Schalk Burger was part of the Rugby World Cup Winning 2007 team to lift the Webb Ellis trophy and brought it back to South Africa for the second time in four attempts.
In March 2008 Burger was banned for openly abusing a touch judge in a Super 14 game for the Stormers. The touch judge in question had suggested the referee send Burger to the sin-bin for an offense that the referee hadn't seen. Upon leaving the field, Burger was seen to be gesticulating and shouting at the touch judge, and was promptly booed by both the Stormers and visitng fans. The citing commissioner decided that Burger be banned for 2 weeks for his actions.
In May 2008 his sister was kidnapped and raped in Cape Town, South Africa. The rapist has not been caught.
|IRB International Player of the Year|