Brussow on why he's leaving Cheetahs
Cape Town - Springbok flank Heinrich Brussow
has explained his decision to not extend his contract with the Cheetahs.
Brussow, 28, last week indicated that he
won’t be extending his contract with the Cheetahs after this year’s Super Rugby
He will only be available for his Japanese
club, the Docomo Red Hurricanes, in 2016 and 2017, and not return to play Super
Rugby as he has done in recent years.
“I feel I'm at a stage of my career where I
have to look after my own body,” Brüssow told Netwerk24. “That's why I have
signed a two-year contract in Japan. My new challenge is to take that club to a
higher level and I'm going to focus all of my attention on that.”
He and his wife, Caroline-Grace, have also
adapted well to the lifestyle in Japan.
“We really enjoy it there and we’re out of
the limelight. What’s also nice, it that we’re only in Japan for six months
with as many months in South Africa. Six months sound long, but time flies.”
Brussow joined the Red Hurricanes in 2013,
but returned to play Super Rugby for the Cheetahs every year.
Brussow is currently sidelined with an arm
injury and won’t feature in the final stages of this year’s Super Rugby
He will be available for Springbok
selection though, should coach Heyneke Meyer call on his services.