Schalk Brits rugby player
Schalk Brits rugby player

Schalk Brits

16th May 1981 1.82m/100kg Hooker

It was obvious from early on that Brits is not a conventional hooker, as he started charging around the field while playing for the Lions and Stormers in South Africa.

However, it has been his form with Saracens that has been the major talking point in the Springbok hooker's career.

His mobility is incredible for his size and he has even featured at flank a few times in his career. He has been nominated for numerous awards in England and has scored some incredible tries as well for Saracens.

He joined from the Stormers where he was a regular, also with Western Province in the Currie Cup.

He made his SA debut in 2008 and won his last cap for the Green and Gold in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Brits, combines his natural flair with an abrasive approach in the middle of the Saracens pack, has helped Saracens secure three Premiership titles and a European title during a highly successful spell with in north London.

Brits announced that the 2017/19 Premiership season, his ninth season with Sarries, will be his last after announcing that he will retire at the end of the season.

Brits has made over 200 appearances for the club, and has been an important part of the squad that has won 3 Premiership Rugby titles and 2 Champions Cup titles in an extremely successful period for Saracens.

He won 10 Test caps for the Springboks.

In June 2018, Brits was added into the Springboks squad for the June Internationals, a month after his retirement.

Having traveled around with the Bok squad despite not being contracted to any club or franchise, Brits confirmed in October 2018 that he will play for the Stormers in the 2019 Super Rugby tournament.

Financial issues, however, meant that the Stormers were unable to complete the deal and Brits signed with the Bulls instead.

(LS November 30, 2018)


Career

sa South Africa
Hooker
2008 - present
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Hooker
2013 - present
image Western Province
Hooker
2002 - 2006
stormers Stormers
Hooker
2006 - 2009
ultimateRugby World XV
Hooker
2014 - 2015
saracens Saracens
Hooker
2009 - 2018