There will be no holding back : Schalk

Springbok flanker Schalk Burger says that there will be no holding back in this year’s Super rugby tournament in order to save something for the world cup.

After Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said that he was largely settled on the composition of his squad for the Rugby world cup it would be understandable if some of the South African player held themselves back for the world cup.

Burger says that he does not see the extra workload that will come with the extended super rugby season as a reason for players to save themselves for the world cup even though the TriNations follows on from Super rugby and the world cup starts two weeks after the TriNations.

Burger also says that even though the workload is greater players won’t approach the season differently trying to avoid being injured.

“Injuries can happen at any time and it is something that players learn to live with during their careers,” said Burger,

“I sat and watched most of the games that were played last weekend and I don’t think there was any evidence of players holding back or trying to conserve themselves.”

“Most of the games were played at 100 miles an hour and the players were clearly putting in a lot of effort.”

Burger does however agree that the way players are managed must be different to previous years and says that the team’s management of resources must be done correctly so that players will be able to perform at their optimum.

“This competition used to be a sprint, but now it is definitely a marathon. That means there does have to be a change in approach, you can’t just expect to sprint the whole way and if you do you will be in big trouble.

“What needs to happen is that there has to be a lot more rotation in selection,” he told SuperSport.

“The players have to be managed during the competition so they don’t get put at risk.”

Burger is confident that the Stormers have enough depth to be able to deal with the extended Super rugby season which kicks off this weekend for the Stormers after they had the bye last weekend.

“It’s very exciting the way the systems seem to be working in the Cape producing excellent youngsters who are capable of making the graduation up to Super Rugby level and it has a refreshing effect on the rest of the squad when the new guys come in,” said Burger.

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