Saracens - Schalk Brits

Widely regarded as one of the Aviva Premiership’s finest ever imports, Schalk Brits has become a firm favourite at Saracens, with his natural flair and abrasive approach to rugby earning him many admirers.
Nickname Skala
Date & Place of Birth 5/16/1981
Playing Position Hooker
International Honours South Africa
Height 1.82m
Weight 99kg
Sarries Debut vs London Irish (05/09/05)
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Widely regarded as one of the Aviva Premiership’s finest ever imports, Schalk Brits has become a firm favourite at Saracens, with his natural flair and abrasive approach to rugby earning him many admirers.

 

He started his rugby education at school playing barefoot in the Western Cape town on Mossel Bay, before moving to Paul Roos Gymnasium, the Stellenbosch school famous for producing the highest number of Springbok rugby players to date, and was a No 8 before he started playing in the front row. Joining the club from his native South Africa where he played regularly for Super Rugby franchise Stormers, his arrival in 2009 brought international experience to bolster the Saracens ranks after he was capped for the Springboks in 2008, winning 10 caps for his country.

 

Now entering his ninth season with Sarries, Brits has made over 200 appearances for the club, and has been an important part of the squad that has won 3 Premiership Rugby titles and 2 Champions Cup titles in an extremely successful period for Saracens, sharing the role at hooker with up and coming England star Jamie George.

 

Outside of rugby, Schalk completed a degree in management accountancy back in South Africa.