Brüssow still aiming for Boks

2013-05-22 09:03
Heinrich Brüssow (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brüssow says his desire to play for the Springboks is just as strong as it was when he made his debut in 2008.

The 26-year-old has 20 Test caps behind his name, but his last international match came at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand two years ago. He has failed to crack the nod under new Bok coach Heyneke Meyer - who feels the Free Stater doesn't fit into his game plan.

Meyer is set to name an enlarged Springbok squad for a training camp in Durban on Sunday. Brüssow's name, however, will not be on that list.

But he insists it won't deter him from trying harder.

"One always wants to play for the Boks and it will always be my goal to play there," he told the Volksblad website.

"But at the moment it's a bit tough, because the coach's game plan is a bit different."

Brüssow has improved his all-round game and is adamant to prove that he's not just a "fetcher" at the breakdowns.

He impressed as ball carrier in the Cheetahs' 27-13 win over the Reds over the weekend and also proved to be a good link between the forwards and backs. He has also made a concerted effort to improve his discipline.

But for the moment, Brüssow's attention is with the Cheetahs, who are experiencing their best-ever season in Super Rugby. They've won eight out of 12 games, and currently sit seventh on the overall log, just one place outside the playoffs zone.

They face the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (15:00 kick-off).


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