Brüssow turns down big offers

2011-09-01 22:39

Cape Town - Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow has extended his contract with the Free State Cheetahs, despite many lucrative offers elsewhere.

This revelation comes just after Brüssow boarded the plane with the Springboks for the World Cup in New Zealand on Thursday night.

According to the Volksblad newspaper, the talented Bok fetcher had the luxury of deciding for what South African team or overseas club he wanted to play for.

But Brüssow's agent, Stephan Weyers, says the flank ace decided to turn down all other offers to stay in Bloemfontein.

He has extended his contract with Free State for a further two years until the end of the 2013 season.

"Heinrich wants to play for the Cheetahs. He is loyal towards his team-mates, coaches and supporters and is positive about the future of Cheetah-rugby," said the agent.

"Heinrich could earn more money at other places, but he is happy in Bloemfontein where he owns property, has shares in businesses and is close to his parents, girlfriend and friends."

The agent also said a lot of hard work was done to keep Brüssow in Bloemfontein. He said many businessmen went to extremes to keep him at Free State, while he also singled out Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské as having a big influence on Brüssow's decision to stay.

Meanwhile, the Free Staters received more good news when Drotské confirmed to Volksblad that Griquas scrumhalf Sarel pretorius will play for Free Sate in the Currie Cup next year and in 2013. He will, however, play for the Waratahs in Australia during the Super Rugby season.

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  • JC - 2011-09-01 22:48

    What a man !! Loyalty is something that doesn't really exist in the professional era, because of the money involved (not that I blame them for going after the money, its their future after all). But this shows the integrity of Heinrich. Go help the Boks win the World Cup Heinrich !! And don't get injured PLEASE.

      GILLBERT - 2011-09-02 08:18

      rassie erasmus and allister must be soiling them selves cause of brussouw decision not to move from the cheetahs

      RJ - 2011-09-02 09:05

      What a poophol he is he will get smacked at the WC

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-02 11:21

      Brüssow has just sunk to an all time low in the eyes of all Blue Bull supporters because now they know he will not play for them! He is now lower down in their esteem than Duane Vermeulen, another man who is not for sale to them. You can bet they will now start calling him names like useless, loser, poephol, quota player, rubbish, etc. You did well stearing clear of that lot, Heinrich!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-02 11:35

      @Kleinboet - I believe that it was the Western Province that was doing all the chasing - still trying to buy a team to win the S15. But then they let players like Sadie go. Look after my boy there, he has to do bigger things next year!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-02 15:22

      @GraemeBB, the WP did not do any chasing: it was denied by none other than Brüssow himself! It is the character of the Bulls to buy and, if they are unsuccessful, to ridicule that player. Look down below and see for yourself: the labelling has already started! I have noted that you did not partake. Mind you, I would also have welcomed him in the WP. He is a class player!

  • John Fourie - 2011-09-01 23:20

    Best. News. Ever.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-09-01 23:34

    I respect that - and the people around him making an effort to keep him in Bloem. If life is good, why chase "more" money. Money isnt everything in life. Besides, there is money to be made everywhere - and one can do it while playing rugby. As a matter of fact, being a well know person, you could probably find bussiness easier. As a Bull, I would love him to come to Pretoria, but I am very happy that he has sticked to the Cheetahs. Good on you Brussouw!

  • Lean - 2011-09-02 00:50

    I Really like him ,and respect him for that. Money is not everything. :)

      Flemjob - 2011-09-02 11:54

      Well we've just established that he has already got money and property. If he didn't have property and shares it might be a different story. I'm glad he is staying though.

  • bokgat1 - 2011-09-02 04:31

    If you bothered reading between the lines, you'll see that it took many business men to keep him in Bloem, and that means $$$'s. Don't be so gullible.

      brinjal - 2011-09-02 08:04


  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-02 06:17

    Quota player.

      Davidorff - 2011-09-02 08:21

      ha ha ha

      Louw - 2011-09-02 08:55

      Bulldozer weereens wys jy hoe min weet jy van rugby af jou idioot.

      breggie.hale - 2011-09-02 10:18


      Jenny - 2011-09-02 10:47

      Jealousy makes you nasty... Wheres the loyalty with the Bullbarians?

      Hein - 2011-09-02 12:19

      Bulldozer, Jy is 'n verleentheid vir alle Blou Bul en Bulle ondersteuners. Indien jy dalk dink dat jou kommentaar pittig en skerp is verkeer jy in 'n dwaal, inteendeel bewys dit net jou kinderagtige optrede. Ek is seker daarvan dat jou ouers jou nie so groot gemaak het nie, jy het verseker die pad byster geraak nadat jy die huis verlaat het. Ek dink nie enige iemand vind jou kommentaar amusant nie, inteendeel grens dit aan die banale en is soms selfs walglik. Word groot en lewer kommentaar op die verslag en hou op om beledigend te wees.Dit is gemors soos jy wat die Bul ondersteuners so 'n gehate spesie maak. Ek is skaam om te erken dat ek 'n stoere Blou Bul ondersteuner is want ek word ge-assosieer met gemors soos jy.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-02 12:33

      Hein, jou comment maak my diep seer.

      J-P de Ru - 2011-09-02 14:42

      Bulldozer....matriek was vir jou n helse uitdaging ne?!!!?

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-02 15:27

      Nie so ver gekom nie, JP.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-02 06:29

    One can only have the highest respect for the man's loyalty to his Province. Unfortunately, very few players are showing that type of loyalty these days. It appears 'big bucks' are king!

      Tools1 - 2011-09-02 08:02

      Words out that my beloved Bulls have sent an undercover flerrie in a covert operation to try and get him to play for the real champions!

      Tools1 - 2011-09-02 08:04

      Just in: They sent Amor!

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2011-09-02 07:14

    YES! Excellent news. Only two genuine fetchers in the world, him and Pocock. This will go along way to not only helping Free State become a play-offs team at Super Rugby level, but also retaining other players who won't feel like abandoning what they might have perceived to be a sinking ship. Cheetahs will be the surprise package in next years S15.

  • theunsvw - 2011-09-02 07:19

    His loyalty shows in the way he plays, I predict a legend in the making...!

  • greenpea - 2011-09-02 07:25

    What a fool, playing for a second rate team for half the $ he could earn elsewhere. typical dutchman

      DikWielFiets - 2011-09-02 07:32

      As has been mentioned by GreameBB, life isn't just about money. He could definitely be earning more eslewhere, but that won't necessarily make him happier. So from another typical dutchman, why don't you go and "pea" somewhere else yourself?

      Hendrik - 2011-09-02 08:01

      Typical Dutchman? Does that mean you relate stupidity with Dutchmen? Funny how the most intelligent person that this country ever produced was a Dutchman. ( actually afrikaner, but I will humor your little brain) That was no other than Jan Smuts. Theres a statute of him at Cambridge. If you don't believe me, go read it up. Funny how it was another Dutchman who did the first heart transplant.

      George - 2011-09-02 08:08

      Loyalty does not make a person a fool, the Cheetahs is not a second rate team and if I may ask, "what is a typical dutchman?".

      theunsvw - 2011-09-02 10:44

      @ greenpea: If integrity and loyalty makes you a "Dutchman" I want to be one too..! It is integrity and loyalty that built this country....

      Andre - 2011-09-02 23:17

      If Heinrich Brüssow is a Dutchman then I am also one. Well done Heinrich it shows your life does not only revolve around rugby and money something that a pea brain like greenpea will not understand. I am a Province supporter and I would have liked to see you playing for us but I am very happy for the Cheetahs that they will retain a class act like yourself. May you have an outstanding WC 2011.

  • Fanie - 2011-09-02 07:27

    Net 2 woorde Dankie Tog

  • Koos - 2011-09-02 07:36

    “Give that man a Bell's!”

  • Francois Coetzer - 2011-09-02 07:43

    Give that man a Bell's... He is pure class!! Cannot wait for him to teach McCaw and Pocock a few fetching and tackling lessons. Coupled with Bismarck to bump them out of the world cup.

  • Wow! - 2011-09-02 08:00

    Well done Brussouw. Hell I am glad you will be a part of my team. Thanks Esquire.

  • Nicholas - 2011-09-02 08:01

    Salute to you Brussouw, I'm not a Vrystaat supporter (even though I prefer them to most other teams) but I'm glad you decided to stay there. Hopefully the up and coming players will follow your example and be loyal to their province.

  • StBad - 2011-09-02 08:02

    On and off the field a great level headed bloke, rare these days... I'm a fan

  • stevo_o_o - 2011-09-02 08:09

    If only the ex-lions players felt the same, like Habana and Fourie!!!

  • Erasmus - 2011-09-02 08:14

    Ag nee, so gehoop die Bulle kon die man koop. Hy is die enigste speler wat dalk beter is, as Stegman!

      Oukoos - 2011-09-02 08:48

      Hoekom? Die Blou Bulle kry dan dalk Luke Watson

      Erasmus - 2011-09-02 09:12

      Luke Watson! Daai is nou 'n ou wat vir die Blou Bulle sal goed doen! Briljante speler.

      jk - 2011-09-02 09:44

      en die hele anc jeug

      jk - 2011-09-02 09:44

      oukoos- wp by 8...

      GeheimeJames - 2011-09-02 14:01

      Spies gan Luke se wedstruidstewels moet pollish.

  • Abs - 2011-09-02 08:56

    I wonder how much money those business people had to put on the table, makes me think!!!!!!!

  • greenpea - 2011-09-02 09:00

    No I do not relate stupidity with dutchies, ur getting me all wrong. i mean it like he will be loyal to the cheetahs cause earning half of what he could at a bigger more successful union, and why? because of his afrikaaner mentality! his choice, but one day he will look back upon it and regret this decision. So I appologise for offending anybody. But its just my opinion

      George - 2011-09-02 09:18

      You appologise in the last sentence, but in the previous one you talk about "afrikaner mentality". Dutchman's, dutchies, afrikaner mentality, stupidity, what is wrong with you "greenpea"? Put a sock in it and please keep your comments to yourself.

      Zandberg - 2011-09-02 10:27

      Well, idiot, if this so called afrikaner mentality means that a person has principles and loyalty that do not disappear once money is placed on the table, then I am more than happy to say I would sure as hell like to have such a mentality. It seems your opinion, and your outlook on life, is tainted by the menatlity of people that will do anything (including yourself) for a fee.

      jk - 2011-09-02 10:29

      france by 8, wp by 8... bottom line...

      Francois Coetzer - 2011-09-02 15:30

      @Greenpea: You sound exactly like your allies in the ANCYL. I will bet good money that you already renewed your membership at the ANCYL. Only they will utter similar dissenting statements, only to apologize and justify it in the same sentence afterwards. We need more characters like Bismarck in this country you hypocrite.

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-09-02 09:01

    Ek dink hy kry elke dag net meer en meer respek van die mense om hom en hy verdien dit.

  • V Sportz - 2011-09-02 09:07

    Much respect, Heinrich. The sporting world needs more people like you! Good on you and good luck for the world cup!

  • Maori - 2011-09-02 09:48

    He probably could not understand the complex terms and conditions!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-03 23:38

      All he eeds to understand is how to f$%^up old Richie, as he has done before.

  • Kapnschtaten - 2011-09-02 10:12

    I'm glad he is staying with one of the most exciting teams in the country. Juan Smith, Ashley Johnson and Heinrich Brussow, wow, that is a world class set of loosies if the ever was one!!! Can't wait for that unit to be let loose in the S15 next season!!!!!! But all this talk of loyalty is 1 thing, and we see it all the time, as soon as a player "passes his sell-by date", and I say that with respect, the public go absolutely mad and it turns into a witch-hunt (eg.Habana, Smit, Matfield, even Spies), so a player def. has limited earning potential as a pro rugby player. A player has to set them-selves up finanially by the time they are 35 or so (which is very young). I hope that Brussow has the right people around him from that perspective and that the Cheetas are looking after him and their many other quality players....

  • greenpea - 2011-09-02 12:43

    georgie = a$$muncher

  • Jay_Kay - 2011-09-02 13:41

    RJ, you are certainly blind or know ****all about rugby! Give us an example of a better fetcher in SA, nay, world rugby at this stage. He is going to be a star at the World Cup bar any injuries.

  • Deon - 2011-09-02 21:01

    Brussow baie dankie vir jou keuse dat jy bereid is om groot geld te weier om te speel vir jou unie! Sterkte met die Toernooi in NZ!

  • Johann - 2011-09-03 22:57

    Mooiman .ek glo ook daarin dat dit is beter omte bly waar jy is want die gras lyk groen aan die ander kant maar daar is meer stront gestrooi.

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