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Brüssow changed Meyer’s mind

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Heyneke Meyer says Heinrich Brüssow’s game is perfectly suited to the conditions the Springboks will experience at the World Cup in England.

Heinrich Brussow

The openside flank has not yet played for the Boks under Meyer, with his last Test appearance coming against the Wallabies at the 2011 World Cup.

But he is now set to make his return to the green and gold, with Meyer having changed his view of the player.

‘I have to admit, I’m thinking different about Heinrich as I did before,’ Meyer told Netwerk24. ‘I’m only human and sometimes you realise the pressure you are under. Your kids come home and mention things being said. There was a time when I thought Heinrich lost some of his pace, but I feel his move to Japan helped him a lot.

‘I’ve also always considered him a passionate Springbok and the way he played upon his return for the Cheetahs this year was outstanding. It’s unfortunate that he’s injured now, because I would have liked to have played him in the first two Tests of the year to see how he fits in.

‘I still consider Francois Louw as the best openside flank, but I have to think about what happens if he gets injured. There are guys like Marcell Coetzee and Siya Kolisi, but they’re not out-and-out openside specialists.

‘I feel Heinrich fits best in that position, because he plays towards the ball and he’s not only an exceptional fetcher – he also ensures quick possession. I believe he will be ideal for the conditions we’ll experience at the World Cup.’

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  1. Does that photo depict a Honey Badger or what?
    Bryce, Brussouw has not lost pace. He struts.
    He’s afforded that as it comes from having defeated NZ each time he has encountered them.

  2. Ag please, Meyer has blue goggles and will pick only Bulls players, no way that Brossouw could’ve done that…

  3. Aldo,
    I’m pledged to HM since his Messerschmitt-Willie conversion.
    Like Saul became Paul on the road to Damascus, ZeeMeyer turned to HM.

    I credit HM for transcending his blue bend during his tenure. I’m sure its a struggle just as it is with us non-coaches. That gravitational pull of original sin is always nipping at our heels.

    Even if HM decided not to go with HB I’d be on his side. But he will because – just as with the case with the SunKing…..he wants to win.

    Heinrich Brussouw plays like a marauding Heathen. Can’t wait to see him give Pocock & McCaw near death experiences.

  4. I have no fucking words…

    Meyer is double talking like fucking Jake White…

    He can select an injured useless slowpoke kak Heinrich Brussouw but not a similar player who has the best stats of any loose forward in South Africa… why… because Brussouw was a Springbok in 2009?

    And now I hear Jaque Fourie is so fat and unfit his own Japanese side won’t select him… but hey I guess its the experiience and class that selects him…

    I am speechless…

  5. DavidS –

    It’s a security thing.
    The notion that being wrong about a past proven player or way of playing will partially shelter one from the full brunt of disapproval if failure occurs.

    I have only seen highlights of Kriel. I am sure though given the praise he gets on here he’s the real deal.
    I’m ecstatic that HM at least finally sees the light on Brussouw. I thought he was persona nongrata with HM.

    IMO when news of this trickled down to NZ coach Steve “Puff” Hansen he had to excuse himself to call his GP to ready the ulcer medication Brussouw caused him to take in 2009.

  6. Both brussiw and kriel should be there – neither will be anywhere close to the RWC. 1st choice is louw. 2nd is Coetzee.

    This is just smoke.

  7. @DavidS:

    Add to that Fourie du Preez, who has not played a minute of rugby since last year and is now injured again so will not be able to play any rugby before the World Cup, but yet gets added to the squad. Seriously? That is one hell of a gamble to take when it is World Cup year.

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