Burger reveals plan to retire in 2016

Date published: September 17 2015

Namibia captain and Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has revealed that he plans to retire at the end of the 2015/2016 season.

The 32-year-old is set to lead his country at this month's Rugby World Cup and has become a popular player in England for putting his body on the line time and again.

Burger revealed the news at Namibia's training base in Cobham, ahead of their opening match against New Zealand on September 24 – a major career ambition for the team's skipper.

He has won 35 caps for his country since making his debut in 2004.

“At the moment, the plans are that I’ll retire after this season. I think I’ll be retiring from all rugby but I might consider trying to get involved with defence coaching – and I’ve got the farm back home, which is always an option,” he said.

“So, after this World Cup, I’ll be retiring from international rugby.

"I think it will be the right time for me to finish and then I’ll focus for the rest of the season on my contract with Saracens. The club has been great to me, really loyal to me, so I’d like to finish my playing career there.

“I suppose you never know, after this year I might feel fresh and play one more year but I doubt it. So one of my great remaining ambitions is to win a World Cup match with Namibia.

“Playing against the All Blacks too will be great, I’ve never done that. But to win a match would be very, very special. The people back home would go absolutely mental!”