Rugby World Cup: Namibia Captain Jacques Burger Retires From International Rugby

Captain Jacques Burger has retired from international rugby after he was ruled out of Namibia’s last World Cup match this weekend because of concussion.

Burger was concussed nine minutes into the Pool C match against Georgia on Wednesday in Exeter, and will not be able to play against Argentina on Sunday in Leicester.

‘It was a huge disappointment that I could not complete last night’s match and an even bigger disappointment that I will not be able to play on Sunday,’ Burger said in a statement from the Namibian Rugby Union on Thursday.

‘I am very proud of my team, and it is not the way that you would want to end an international career. But that’s the game of rugby for you.’

The Saracens flanker, 32, has previously stated that he plans to retire from all rugby at the end of the upcoming domestic season.

Burger was forced to watch on as his side succumbed to a narrow defeat to Georgia at Sandy Park in Exeter.Theuns Kotze kicked two penalties to give Namibia a half-time lead their first in 18 World Cup matches and added a second-half penalty, try and touchline conversion to set up a frantic finale.

However, Georgia took advatage of Burger’s absence to hold on for a triumph built on forward supremacy – helped by their opponents having three players sin-binned.

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