RU officials praise Burger for commitment

WINDHOEK: Namibia Rugby Union (NRU), President Bradley Basson and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sybrand de Beer has paid tribute to national senior rugby team captain Jacques Burger for his commitments towards his nation.

Burger who has represent Namibia over nine years with 36 caps which includes three Rugby World Cup appearances in 2007, 2011 and 2015 will be hanging his international boots at the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The senior national team captain suffered a confirmed concussion nine minutes into Namibia’s third match of the world cup against Georgia on Wednesday evening at Sandy Park in Exeter.

The injury he sustain will mean that the captain will not play in Namibia’s last game at the World Cup on Sunday against Argentina.

A media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday by Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) officials attending the event quotes Basson stating that Burger contribution to Namibian Rugby has been immense.

“He is an inspirational leader and a true ambassador for all Namibians. He is a role model to all Namibian sportsmen and women and many rugby players in our country aspire to be like him one day.

“We wish him well in his last season at Saracens and hope that one day when he returns home we could involve him in Namibia rugby,” said Basson.

Meanwhile the same stated it quoted NRU, Ceo, De Beer praising Burger for the way he played, portrayed what being Namibia is all about.

“Hard-working, honest, courageous and proud is what Burger showed in and off the field.

“I want to thank Jacques for his loyal service to the union and his team mates and wish him well for the next phase in his life,” said Burger.

The statement also quoted Burger reflecting on his career.

“It was a huge disappointment that I could not complete last night’s (Wednesday) match and an even bigger disappointment that I will not be able to play on Sunday.

“I am very proud of my team and it is not the way that you would want to end an international career. But that’s the game of rugby for you,” he said.

He added that Sunday’s match against Argentina would have been his last for Namibia.

‘I was really hoping to finish my international career in style, the emotions were building up to the match on Sunday and to have it ended abruptly like this after just ten minutes is a bit of a setback.

“But I have no regrets, I have had a wonderful time playing for Namibia with my friends, a lot of people have asked me why I chose to play for Namibia. I am a Namibian; I grew up with a lot of the guys I am playing with now, played with and against them at school. I was an honour for me to represent Namibia and I have never regretted it,” he echoed.

The Welwitschias have thus far played three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup currently underway in England.

In their first match of the tournament against defending champions New Zealand, they lost 14-58 and in the second game they lost 21-35 to Tonga. while in their third encounter they lost by a single point to Georgia 16-17.