Brüssow raring to go

2011-04-25 22:31

Gerdie Karstens

Kimberley – Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow will not stand back an inch when let loose on a rugby field by Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské again.

With the Tri-Nations and World Cup around the corner, the Cheetahs flank will be out to convince Bok team management that he has finally shaken off all his injuries. And he would like to take that first step against the Brumbies on Friday.

Brüssow has been out of action for a month after suffering a rib injury in the Cheetahs’ tour match against the Reds.

His long-term knee injury – he was out of action for almost a year – may also still be at the back of his mind.

However, Brüssow maintains that he has recovered from all his injuries and will not stand back for anyone on the field.

“One has to be realistic and keep the World Cup in mind. But that does not mean I will hold back on the field. All my injuries are fine and I just want to play now. I want to get that match-fitness back,” said Brüssow.

He returned to action in Super Rugby against the Lions after recovering from his knee injury. Brüssow was then included for the injured Frans Viljoen.

Prior to his injury against the Reds he was a rock in the Cheetahs’ pack again.

He was one of the Cheetahs’ standout players in their historic first overseas victory over the Waratahs.

“It will be nice to make my comeback. I’m looking forward to running on the field again and to get that elusive win. I don’t know yet whether I will get any game time against the Brumbies. I should have more clarity on that on Tuesday,” said Brüssow.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers paid Juan Smith a visit last week to discuss his injured heel, but did not visit Brüssow.

“Juan’s injury is one that can definitely influence his participation in the World Cup. It’s understandable that Peter visited him. As Springbok coach he needs to be up to speed with Juan’s recovery,” said Brüssow.


  • Makutu - 2011-04-25 22:50

    Goodluck Heinrich Brussouw!

  • Sam - 2011-04-26 03:36

    Heinrich who?....... Oh well, at least the Bucks have John Smit, Broke back Bakkies, Victim Matfield and Olivier Newton John to help helium and his bunch of fairy men.

      Phillip - 2011-04-30 12:04

      p div will be your only saving grace knob, that is , if you dont play france in the quoter final.

  • springbokke - 2011-04-26 05:01

    Heinrich Brussow...Hurry back to the fold , we need your type in the squad. Stick to the Cheetahs boet,dont meander from province to province... guys like you will bring pride back to '' Vryataat''...

  • Claude - 2011-04-26 06:27

    Did Peter De Villiers visit Juan Smith because he needs a new Captain for the World Cup?

      Scaramouche - 2011-04-26 07:15

      One wonders! I think if Juan is fit for the RWC, he would defnitely be a contender for the captaincy. WIth John Smit not our number one hooker and Matfield being part of a struggling Bulls team, it is quite likely. I would put Jean de Villiers as Vice Cappie, rather than Captain. Other contenders? You will have to think of Schalk, but his disciplinary record may count against him.

      GHT - 2011-04-26 08:28

      Schalk isn't as bad in the dicspline area as he used to be. Everybody just thinks that because of his past (like what happened to Butch James). I like Schalk as a player but not a captain. You can see that when he captains the Stormers they don't have nearly the same amount of direction as under De Villiers. Also I think John Smits performance over the weekend might have tilted the scales back in his favour?

  • 106SA - 2011-04-26 06:33

    Peter visiting crocked players and having meetings with OLD players(Smit),is about the depth of his total coaching skills

  • Scaramouche - 2011-04-26 07:19

    The plus side of Heinrich being out for such a long time, is that he may be one of the few players that will not burnt out after a long southern hemisphere season (Same goes for Richie McCaw). This is a helluva season with the Super15, Tri-nations and the World Cup - how much can these players take and then still compete at the RWC? Although it is has been difficult for the Cheetahs without Brussouw and Juan Smith (and others), it could be in the Springboks' favour if they are fit and up and running by end of July/August.

  • hunterdog - 2011-04-26 10:18

    Best Flank SA has ever had. Demon player, the Bokke need him for RWC 2011!!!

      Peter Britz - 2011-04-26 11:00

      Great player, and great flanker, but labelling the best is pushing!! One of the best for sure!! Consider the following flanks of late, and compare!! Juan Smith, Reuben Kruger, Andre Venter, Andre Vos, Rassie Erasmus, Rob Louw, Francois Pienaar, Schalk Burger, and Tiaan Strauss just to name a few!!

  • Phillip - 2011-04-30 12:05

    Burger for Captain !!!!

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