Burger has not played since the first round of the 2012 Super Rugby regular season where he injured his knee. 18 months, multiple injuries and infections later he has a chance of making his long awaited come back against the men from Bloem.
Burger was included in practice with the squad yesterday and it will be a last minute decision whether he boards the plane to the Freestate.
“He’s looking very eager and it’s good to have him [back]. He has a wealth of experience and you can see a sharpness in the team when he’s about. When he talks, the players respond, so it’s good to have him back,” Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot
“He’s been with us for a couple of weeks, sitting in, listening and giving advice, so he’s been there in ‘spirit’ but to have him out on the park is great for the team. He’s back to full team training so it depends how he and Frans go during the week. If it looks good we might play them, if it doesn’t we’ll give it another week. It could be like that for three weeks or it could be like that for next week.
“There’s no expectation. It’s about how they progress and how good they feel. He’s telling us, ‘listen I feel good’ or ‘no, it’s still a bit tight’ or ‘no, I’m not comfortable in contact’ so it’s literally how he feels and how Frans feels. They’re going to scrum tomorrow and it’ll be very important for Frans to go through that and to see how his ankle responds and how Schalk’s calf responds to that and we’ll try to get some live stuff in because it’s important to see how they respond to that.”
WP are also bolstered by the recovery of captain Deon Fourie and utility forward Michael Rhodes who will both be available for Fridays match.