Brussow changed Meyer's opinion

2015-06-30 09:53
Heinrich Brussow (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says Heinrich Brussow's top notch form has left him with no option but to include him in his squad.

Despite being invited to various Bok training camps in recent years, Brussow has never played a Test under Meyer as coach, with the last of his 20 internationals coming against Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

However, the 28-year-old was impressive for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super Rugby competition and was included in Meyer's 49-man squad named at the weekend as the Boks gear up for the 2015 Test season.

"I have to admit, I'm thinking different about Heinrich as I did before," Meyer was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.

"I'm only human and sometimes you realise the pressure you are under. Your kids come home and mention things being said. There was a time when I thought Heinrich lost some of his pace, but I feel his move to Japan helped him a lot.

"I've also always considered him a passionate Springbok and the way he played upon his return for the Cheetahs this year was outstanding.

"It's unfortunate that he's injured now, because I would have liked to have played him in the first two Tests of the year to see how he fits in.

"I still consider Francois Louw as the best openside flank, but I have to think about what happens if he gets injured.

"There are guys like Marcell Coetzee and Siya Kolisi, but they're not out-and-out openside specialists.

"I feel Heinrich fits best in that position, because he plays towards the ball and he's not only an exceptional fetcher - he also ensures quick possession.

"I believe he will be ideal for the conditions we'll experience at the World Cup."

Brussow is currently sidelined with an arm injury, but his chances of going to the World Cup in England and Wales later this year appear good.


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