Schalk Burger signs for Japanese team

The 31-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Japanese outfit, Suntory Sungoliath.

FILE: The 31-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Japanese outfit, Suntory Sungoliath. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok and Stormers flank Schalk Burger has signed a two-year contract to join Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath.

He joins them in August, meaning that he will miss out on playing Currie Cup for Western Province, but the deal does mean that he's still eligible to play for the Stormers and the Springboks, if selected.

The 31-year-old is currently with the Springbok squad in Cape Town preparing for Saturday's game against a World XV at Newlands.

His agent Craig Livingstone said Burger thought hard about this opportunity before grabbing it.

"We've had a fair amount of interest for Schalk from all over the world and then the Japanese offer came a couple of months ago, and he thought very hard about it. He decided to take up the opportunity to experience a different culture.

"His family will be going with him to Japan as well, so he's really looking forward to the challenge."

Livingstone says that this move is similar to others that South African rugby players have made and we'll still see plenty of him right here in South Africa.

"He'll still play Super Rugby and obviously he'll still be eligible to play for the Springboks, so all's not lost. We have seen more South Africans who are playing overseas that are still being selected for the Springboks."