Schalk Burger bags 'Comeback of the Year' Award

He was honoured at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai on Wednesday.

The ‘Comeback of the Year’ award went to Springbok flanker Schalk Burger on 15 April 2015. Picture: @LaureusSport.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok flanker Schalk Burger won 'Comeback of the Year' at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai on Wednesday.

The loose-forward fought through injuries and life-threatening meningitis to return to the Springbok team last year.

Burger beat the likes of Argentine footballer Diego Milito and English golfer Oliver Wilson to win the award.

President of the South African Rugby Union, Oregan Hoskins, congratulated Burger on the award.

"What Schalk has gone through in the last couple of years and what he has achieved makes it one of the most inspirational sporting stories in our recent history. On behalf of everyone in South African rugby, I would like to congratulate him on this amazing achievement but knowing Schalk, I know he will be itching to get back to Perth where the DHL Stormers are playing on Saturday."

Burger, who turned 32 on Monday, has been playing Test rugby for almost 12 years. He has represented South Africa 75 times and was a Rugby World Cup winner in 2007.

He's also a two-time SA Rugby Player of the Year winner (2004 and 2011) and the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2004.

Congratulations Schalk Burger on winning the #Laureus Comeback of the Year award! http://t.co/vRe2EcTQCv pic.twitter.com/jy2JKjKTdf

Congrats to Schalk Burger for winning the Comeback of the Year @LaureusSport award, legend of SA @bokrugby #Stormers https://t.co/gerjJhfgdV