Burger wants to make an impact
Springbok flanker, Schalk Burger, has said that he is looking to make an impact in their Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks, when they clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Earlier this year, Burger joined Japanese club, Suntory, but had his trip shortened when Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, requested assistance for their home matches against Australia and New Zealand.
"It is nice to be back playing for the Springboks, it was obviously a nice weekend being back in Cape Town," Burger said on Tuesday.
"I got the call up and came back from Japan, I don’t think my wife was too pleased but I was on the first plane out of there.
"This week is obviously another great opportunity playing against the All Blacks; I haven’t played against them for a while."
Burger returned to the national side in June, after suffering from injuries and illness for two years.
He last faced the Kiwis in a 2010 Tri-Nations match at the FNB Stadium, and was awarded Man of the Match despite the Boks losing 29-22
Burger played a leading role in last weekend’s match against Australia, which ended with South Africa winning 28-10.
The 31-year-old flank has said that he hopes to make a difference in the green and gold jersey, no matter what role he will be playing on the field.
"At the end of the day you are playing the number one side in the world and it is always a great challenge and as a South African youngster watching Test rugby you always watch the All Blacks versus the Springboks."
He added that playing against the New Zealand side was always a special game.
"As a boy you always dream to play the All Blacks, I think it is about the challenge, you watch the haka and it is a challenge.
"The trick to the Boks is to not let down that challenge; it is a tough challenge we’ve got to put in hard work."
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