Schalk Brits (born Schalk Burger Brits; 16 May 1981 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal) is a South African rugby union player. The 39-year-old plays for the South Africa national team and the Bulls in Super Rugby.
He plays the position as a hooker and played for the Western province (2002-04) and returned to the Cape franchise (2006-09).
His date of birth is on the 16th of May 1981 and his place of birth is in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Schalk Brits is 39 years old (2020).
He is married to Colinda Wijnants, the couple became man and wife on 29th January 2011 in Greyton, South Africa.
He was a team member of the Western province (2002-04) and returned to the Cape franchise (2006-09)
Schalk also played for the Stormers for four seasons and made fifty-one appearances and scored 20 points.
In 2008, Schalk recorded his first international appearance against Italy.
At 38 years, he was selected to play for his country, South Africa, at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. His team won the tournament defeating England in the finals under the leadership of Siya Kolisi.
According to Networthstats.com, Shalk Brits has an estimated net worth between US$100,000 – US$1M.
He confirmed his retirement on Wednesday, recalling how he felt when he got that special phone call from Erasmus.
“I was happy and content with my career when I decided to retire at the end of the English season in 2018, and I was on holiday with my family in Ibiza when I got a text message from Rassie Erasmus, but at first I thought it was (Springboks and Saracens teammate) Vincent Koch playing a joke,” he said.
“When I realised it was really Rassie, I decided to give it one last shot and ended up playing for the Vodacom Bulls, something I never thought would happen as a born and bred Capetonian, but I loved my time in Pretoria and we had a good season as well.”
The 39-year-old says the move to Pretoria was tough on his family but gave him a shot of representing the Springboks, which proved to be worth it in the end.
“It was a season of sacrifice, but it was worth it. When we saw Rassie’s plan – and everyone bought in – we knew what we could achieve and all of us worked towards that goal.
“Everyone knew their roles and how much hard work it would take, and we got stuck in. As a squad, we spent a lot of time together and it was unbelievable being part of this experience.” Schalk Brits
Brits is the third member of the Rugby World Cup-winning squad to call time on his career, following in the footsteps of the prop, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, as well as a loose forward, Francois Louw.