Johannesburg - South Africa’s talismanic ball terrier, Heinrich Brussow, is back to haunt the
All Blacks with his breakdown prowess following his selection for Saturday’s
Rugby Championship match at Ellis Park, in Johannesburg.
return from the Boks wilderness comes a day after celebrating his 29th birthday
and he hailed his selection as proof that you cannot keep a good man down.
been a while, it is always great to be in a Springbok set-up especially getting
a chance against a team like the All Blacks and I am looking forward to it,”
Brussow said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
was always hopeful, you can’t keep a guy out if he keeps on trying, and it has
been four years, so I had a good rest from international rugby.”
will make his return to the Springbok side for the first time since the 2011
Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia where he suffered a rib injury
20 minutes into that match.
what could form and exciting combination, he will partner with fellow openside
flank Francois Louw, who replaced him in that quarter-final.
to the equation is stand-in captain and utility loose forward Schalk Burger
who will round off the loose trio at the back of the scrum.
admitted at Wednesday’s team announcement that there was an obvious absence of
a big ball-carrying loosie and lineout option.
the trio lacked in ball-carrying brutes, Meyer said, they made up in slowing
down and turning over opposition ball.
could be a major shift in the Boks’ evolution towards an expansive game should
the trio supply South Africa’s exuberant backline with quick ball.
breakdown area was a point of pride for South Africa in their narrow 24-20
defeat to the Wallabies in Brisbane over the weekend.
with the Boks going into battle with three loose forwards well versed in the
art of the breakdown one can in theory expect South Africa to throw down the
gauntlet against the All Blacks.
are the best team in the world, and it is a big challenge for us but I think
that is what we want, if you want to be the best in the world you have to beat
the best,” Brussow said.
played with Schalla for a few years now, and playing with Flo for the first
time is really exciting, we’ve been in squads together but it is usually either
him or me playing.”
said he had been honest with Brussow over the last three years about what he needed
to improve to get back into Bok contention.
told him exactly what he needed to work on to get back into the fold and this
year he really played some great rugby coming back from Japan,” Meyer said.
worked on his speed and he was awesome in Super Rugby. Unfortunately he got
injured and he’s playing against one of the best opensiders in the world in
felt this was the right game to give him a go and see what he can do. He has a
very good record against the All Blacks and hopefully he can bring (us) some luck.”
Bok mentor believed Brussow and Louw could form a formidable combination that
would deal with Richie McCaw’s breakdown antics.
believe the game will be won and lost at the breakdowns. Richie McCaw is one of
the best there for the last 10 years and Heinrich has always played well
against him,” Meyer said.
Louw is also a very good player on the ground, we might lose a bit in the
lineouts but what we lose there we will make up for at the breakdowns.
am happy for him (Brussow), he worked to get to this point and I expect a good
performance from him.”
believed he has added a few more skills to his repertoire since he started his
annual trek to Japan in 2013 where he has been playing for the NTT Docomo Red
last time I’ve played was a few years ago and I think I’ve picked up more
experience throughout the years and I think at this stage of my career I make
better decisions," he said.
choose my rucks better and I believe I am a better player, more skilful,
a bit older so I hope it goes well.
had a different experience going to Japan where I saw a few new things and
tried a few things and I developed as a player."
said the pace of the game in Japan would also hold him good stead as the Boks
are looking to play a more expansive style of rugby.
way they play there is fast, so I had to adapt with a different style and in my
second year I really started enjoying myself," Brussow said.
had to adapt to the quicker game making better decisions because you have less
time and I definitely think it improved my game."