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Burger relishing Sarries title defence

Burger relishing Sarries title defence

Schalk Burger says he is excited about going back into battle with Saracens ahead of the new season.

Despite a mid-season slump, Mark McCall's men recovered to rediscover their form and take the Premiership title by beating Exeter at Twickenham.

After winning the European Champions Cup in his maiden season in Barnet, another winner's medal did not go amiss for Burger, who famously helped South Africa lift the World Cup in 2007.

Saracens begin their season away at Newcastle on September 2 and will be keen to hit the ground running.

Burger admits he cannot wait to get going, especially after what he says was the 'most satisfying' title the club have picked up, having struggled so much in the autumn and winter.

"I'm looking forward to the new season, it's obviously the start of a long season, but it's a new challenge after last season ended with success for us," he said.

"I think it was one of the most satisfying wins the club has had because in the middle of the year we were battling a bit and we weren't playing too well.

"But we were able to turn it around mid-season and, I think, play some of the best rugby we have as a group together certainly since I've been here for the last two years."

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