Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Burger likely to captain Stormers



Springbok flank Schalk Burger looks likely to captain the Stormers in Super Rugby this year, despite Jean de Villiers carrying the mantle as Springbok skipper.

Die Burger's website reports that Burger, who missed the whole of last season due to a knee injury sustained in his side's first Super Rugby outing, is the favourite to again start the season as captain.

Burger has since recovered from his injury and is reportedly raring to go for the new season. De Villiers took over the captaincy after Burger's injury against the Hurricanes and also went on to lead the Springboks, with coach Heyneke Meyer recently stating he would like the 31-year-old centre to continue leading the national side in 2013.

This will not be the first time a player has successfully captained his provincial team while the national captain plays under him. During the 1996/97 seasons, No 8 Zinzan Brooke led the Blues to Super Rugby success, while the All Black captain at the time, Sean Fitzpatrick, played under him. The All Blacks were also very successful in that period, winning a series in South Africa in 1996, as well as back-to-back Tri-Nations titles.

Meanwhile, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will on Friday give more clarity regarding the availability of wing Bryan Habana (knee), utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt (breastbone), scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage (leg), centre Marcel Brache and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (both neck injuries) for the upcoming season.

The Stormers start their Super Rugby campaign away to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 22.

They are likely to play two warm-up games against the Cheetahs and Boland, with the dates yet to be confirmed.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Putting things into context
First things first, no one associated with the All Blacks has accused the Wallabies of having any...

Gavin Rich
A way to release pressure on Elton
There may be a lot separating New Zealand from South Africa on the rugby field at the moment, but...

Brenden Nel
Bronze Blitzboks need introspection
The Blitzboks may have done well to get a bronze, but if we’re truly honest – their Olympic...

Super Wrap
And Super Rugby's Bok team is.....
"The drought is over! That is the happy news we bring long-suffering Lions fans everywhere..."