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Schalk "Schalla" Burger Jr. (born April 13, 1983 in Port Elizabeth) is a promising young South African rugby player. He plays the position of flanker in the Springbok rugby team. Despite his age, he is a big man, weighing in at 106kg and standing 193cm tall (6'4", 235 lb).
After playing for the U21 Springbok side that won the U21 Rugby World Cup in 2002 and then captaining it in 2003, Schalk was selected for the professional Springbok squad. He made his debut against Georgia in 2003 at the Rugby World Cup and has since carved out a name as one of the best flankers in the world with big performances in the Super 12, Tri-Nations and Currie Cup.
In 2004 Burger was selected as part of a rejuvenated Springbok squad, who under the guiding hand of new coach Jake White went on to win the Tri-Nations trophy for the first time since Nick Mallet's team managed the feat in 1998. He was also awarded the IRB's Player of the Year award in the same year.
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