Brüssow gone but not really

Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow will be leaving his beloved Bloemfontein for the riches promised by RW StampJapans domestic league. However he is not lost to the South African rugby by any means.

Reports surfaced that the 20 times capped Bok will be plying his trade in Japan with fellow countrymen Andries Bekker, Dewalt Potgeiter,  Jaque Fourie and Fourie du Preez.

The good news for Springbok fans is that all is not lost, the 26 year old is still contracted to Super Rugby with the Cheetahs and will be made available for the Bok selection if required. Similar to the Stormers fly half Peter Grant, Brüssow will play in Japans domestic league instead of the Currie Cup and return in week 3 or 4 of Super Rugby after his Japanese teams fixtures are completed.

This was confirmed by Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie: “After the Super Rugby season he [Brüssow] will head to Japan and then he will return [to the Cheetahs] in February next year, We would have liked to have had his services in for the Currie Cup competition,  He is a key player in our set-up.

“However, the money he will earn that side [in Japan], compared to the money he will get from us [for playing Currie Cup rugby], is a massive difference – that is what he looked at. The flipside is that we can use him for Super Rugby again. Those two together make it financially viable for him,” Fourie added.

It has not gone unnoticed that Brüssow’s has failed to make the Springbok team since coach Heyneke Meyer has taken over. Meyer has stated publicly that he will select different flankers for different opposition and has also made it clear that he believes the Cheetahs star to be a penalty liability.

Despite that, when Brüssow is fit he is a class act. His dominance in 2009, before the breakdown rules were altered against his style, is proof that he can front up against the best of opposition.  He has also never lost a test match to the All Blacks which, when I read, made me sit up and pay attention. He should be in the Springbok set up and he should probably be starting against teams in the Rugby Championship where his break down work and pilfering will be extremely valuable.

MM

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