Burger returns for 50th cap against the Lions

SCHALK Burger will make his 50th Test appearance for the Springboks on Saturday when he takes to the field in the second Test of the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series against the British and Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

SCHALK Burger will make his 50th Test appearance for the Springboks on Saturday when he takes to the field in the second Test of the Castle South Africa 2009 Lions Series against the British and Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Burger returns from injury and has been selected in the place of Heinrich Brussow on the side of the Bok scrum. Brussow moves to the bench, with scrumhalf Ricky Januarie dropping out of the match 22.

With the selectors opting for a 5-2 split on the bench no reserve scrumhalf has been selected. Ruan Pienaar will provide scrumhalf cover.

The only other change is on the bench, where hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle replaces prop Gurthro Steenkamp.

"We believe in the abilities of our players and we are confident that they will take things up a few notches on Saturday," said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

"We are a squad of 22 focused on a common objective, which is to go out and win a Test series against a very good Lions team. We know that we will be faced by a Lions team that will be playing to level the Test series and will provide us with a stern test. We must make sure that we are more than equal to the task."

Interestingly, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers will both be playing in their 48th Test match for the Springboks. - Sapa

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