BaaBaas comeback for Burger

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:17
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Welcome aboard Steve Hansen, Schalk Burger & Jean De Villiers

The Barbarians have confirmed that Schalk Burger will join Springbok captain Jean de Villiers in the team to take on Fiji at Twickenham in November.

The World Cup-winning Springbok flank has been sidelined through injury and illness since the start of last year, but it appears he is set to make his return to the international stage in what will be his fourth appearance for the Barbarians.

Burger was hospitalised earlier this year when he contracted bacterial meningitis following surgery to drain a cyst near his spinal chord, and has been slowly working his way back to full fitness.

He will be joined by Bok skipper De Villiers in a team that will be coached by All Blacks boss Steve Hansen.

The world's most famous club confirmed the news in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

"*Breaking News - #baabaas head coach v @fijirugby is 2011 World Cup winning & @AllBlacks legend, STEVE HANSEN #rugby #rugbyunited.

"1st #baabaas player-he likes his steak rare & rugby ferocious @bokrugby bruiser & breakdown assassin SCHALK BURGER #rugby #rugbyunited.

"2nd #baabaas player- an inspirational captain & midfield whirlwind. @bokrugby dynamo JEAN DE VILLIERS #rugby #rugbyunited.

"We'll name the rest of #baabaas squad as we can. For now, welcome aboard Steve Hansen, Schalk Burger & Jean De Villiers #rugby #rugbyunited," the tweets read.

Stormers stalwarts Burger and De Villiers last played together for the Barbarians against Australia in 2008, whilst Hansen was assistant coach to Graham Henry in the Barbarians match against Australia at the end of 2011.