Wing from Paul Roos to join WP in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Luke Burger, wing from Paul Roos to talk about his contract at WP.
Firstly, congratulations with your signing at Western Province. How does it feel to be seen and acknowledged for your talents? It is nice to know that all the training and hard work is noticed and it is reassuring that I have plenty of potential as well as a future in rugby.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? Many students had dreams for this year which have been put on hold or even destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I was disappointed to hear that my final year would not include major sporting events I looked forward to, but I was fortunate enough to have played for the 1st team in 2019 and through the season I was able to showcase my abilities. Although I was not able to play rugby in 2020, I feel bad for the students who didn’t have the opportunities I had last year that would’ve been their opportunities this year.
What influence did Paul Roos Gymnasium have on your rugby career? One thing that Paul Roos has offered me that I don’t think is found in many schools, is the vast opportunities offered. In grade 9, I went on a 4 month exchange program to England where I was able to train with the Saracens U16 group and learn from them. This is just an example of the opportunities Paul Roos has given me. The quality of training programmes and how I was treated made me a feel like a professional. Paul Roos definitely molded me into the player I am today.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? My dad has been my biggest influence. Since a young age, he has always helped me develop my skills and support me. He always makes an effort to be at every game I play and take me to the field to train. It is always helpful receiving help especially from someone with a rugby background such as my dad.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? I don’t have a specific player who I regard as my role model, but I admire the values that certain players possess. I would like to regard my future self as my role model so that I, as I progress in my career, will possess the same values I admire so much and always chase a better me.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? It is exciting to start my career as a professional rugby player being fortunate enough to have a contract right after school. The thing I look forward to the most as a contracted player is having some extra money seeing that I’m going to be a student in Stellenbosch soon.
What is your opinion of Western Province and why did you decide to sign with them? Western Province has always been my home and since primary school I have been representing WP. I have always dreamed to represent Western Province at a more professional level and hopefully that dream will come true sometime soon. I am studying at the University of Stellenbosch which is another reason I decided to sign at Western Province. It is close to home and I knew what I wanted to do after school and fortunately I got exactly what I wanted.
We wish you well with this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come to reality.