EXETER, England -- Namibia captain Jacques Burger's illustrious international career has come to an end after it was confirmed he will miss his nation's final World Cup match against Argentina on Sunday.
Captain Burger suffered concussion in Wednesday's narrow 17-16 Pool C defeat to Georgia in Exeter and had to be replaced after just 10 minutes. He will not be fit to play the Pumas in Leicester this weekend.
It brings to an end an international career spanning nine years and 36 Test caps, as well as appearances in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups.
Yesterday was my last ever match for #Namibia. It's been full of great memories and thank you all for the support you gave me throughout 🇳🇦— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) October 8, 2015
"It was a huge disappointment that I could not complete last night's match and an even bigger disappointment that I will not be able to play on Sunday," said Burger, who equalled Hugo Horn's record of 11 World Cup appearances for Namibia against Milton Haig's side.
"I am very proud of my team and it is not the way that you would want to end an international career. But that's the game of rugby for you.
"I was really hoping to finish my international career in style, the emotions were building up to the match on Sunday and to have it ended abruptly like this after just 10 minutes is a bit of a setback. But I have no regrets, I have had a wonderful time playing for Namibia with my friends.
"A lot of people have asked me why I chose to play for Namibia. I am a Namibian, I grew up with a lot of the guys I am playing with now, played with and against them at school. It was an honour for me to represent Namibia and I have never regretted it."
Probably fitting that i finish my international career with a K.O in the 1st 10 mins. Story of my life. I LOVE THIS GAME! 😃— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) October 8, 2015
Namibia head coach Phil Davies led the tributes to the inspirational captain before his side left for Leicester on Thursday.
"In my career as coach I have worked with exceptional captains. Jacques is one of them, an inspirational captain who led from the front and a true leader on and off the field," Davies said.
"Jacques has played a huge role in Namibia's performances at this Rugby World Cup and has left a wonderful legacy on which future Namibian rugby players can build on."
Bradley Basson, president of Namibian Rugby Union, added: "Jacques contribution to Namibian Rugby has been immense. He is an inspirational leader and a true ambassador for all Namibians."