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A tribute to Jacques Burger

Legendary rugby writer Chris Hewett pens a tribute to Jacques Burger ahead of the Namibian's final ever game this Sunday.

Back in 2010, when this writer met Jacques Burger for the first time and listened to him talk – and talk, and talk – about his abiding love of the great outdoors and his plan to farm 14,000 acres of wild southern African land in his native Namibia the moment his professional sporting career came to an end, The Independent newspaper carried a long feature under the headline: “The New Toughest Guy In Rugby?” Never was a question mark more superfluous. You could be as blind as a bat and still identify Burger as the toughest of the tough, simply by listening to the percussive sound of his tackling.


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Namibia Rugby Players


Torsten van Jaarsveld

Position: Hooker
Date of Birth: 30.06.1987
Place of Birth: Windhoek
Weight: 106 kg
Height: 1.75 m
Club: Free State Cheetahs (SA)
Caps: 7
Debut: 29.10.2014

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