May 02, 2016
Reaction: "I've been blessed" - Burger
Saracens flanker Jacques Burger admits that his body will thank him for calling a day on his rugby career despite fears he will miss the game.
The club legend signed off in style in front of an adoring home crowd on Saturday as Saracens fought back from a 3-14 half-time deficit to seal a 23-14 victory and secure a home Aviva Premiership semi-final.
Speaking after the game, Burger said; “I think I will honestly miss playing. There will be times when I’ll wish I could play with the boys.
“There is no feeling like it, even when it is really tough and its really hard and you’re not really enjoying training because it’s really hard, and you get stuck in to each other and you’re part of that group.
“You’re working together and afterwards it’s that satisfaction of doing it together and now I’m going in to something that I’m doing on my own. It is a completely different world so it’s hard to explain how I’m going to feel.
“To be honest my body is going to be very happy to not be able to smash everybody every weekend so the rest will do me really well.
Despite being the centre of the plaudits on the day, Burger was quick to pay tribute to his teammates for their role in his time at the club..
“It has been tough but it has been great. It has been unbelievable actually. I have had a lot of good times and made a lot of great memories and made a lot of good friends.
“To see where the team is now, in a semi-final and a final is unbelievable and shows how far we have come along the years being consistently good and to be part of that is very rewarding.
“To see where the group has gone, a lot of the guys came through the ranks, a lot of guys have been with me all the time. It is a very exciting time for this club and to leave on this note, I feel very privileged to be part of this club.”
Whilst Burger has said his goodbyes on the field, the season is far from over for the rest of the squad and with a Champions Cup final and a Premiership semi-final on the horizon, they will find themselves with a new fan on the sidelines.
“I am going to hang around, I want to support the boys as much as I can” said Burger. “I want to be on the stage when they lift the cup and get right at the front and pretend that I played. I am going to go in full kit!
“This whole group has been such a big part of this whole process and if one guy got injured the other one stepped in and this guy the week and that guy stepped in so I have never felt that I am not part of this group, I’ve never felt that I should fade away and not celebrate with them because it has been a real team effort.”