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Springboks Recall Heinrich Brussow - Should The All Blacks Be Worried?

  • Springboks Recall Heinrich Brussow - Should The All Blacks Be Worried?

The Springboks have named loose forward Heinrich Brussow in their team to play the All Blacks in The Rugby Championship Round 2 fixture at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on Saturday, as one of eight changes.

Brussow has an impressive record against the All Blacks, helping the Springboks to four wins from four games against the World Cup holders, but he hasn't played for the Springboks since 2011.  

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Is this selection enough to inspire the Springboks to victory against the All Blacks?  It will be interesting to see who the All Blacks pick in the openside flanker position, with Richie McCaw being outplayed by Brussow who uses his physique to be one of the best scavengers in the game along with Australia's David Pocock.  Both of these players have struggled with injuries, but when fit are both lethal at the breakdown.

The All Blacks haven't been named to play the Springboks yet, but it will be interesting to see if Richie McCaw is named, or if Sam Cane gets the nod in an attempt to combat Brussow.

This selection is really exciting as it could bring the Springboks back not only into the Rugby Championship contention, but also Rugby World Cup contention.

Brussow is a great player, and his re-selection is long overdue.

The Springboks have retained their backline, while making three changes to the forwards.  It will be interesting to see how they cope without the injured Victor Matfield and Marcel Coetzee.

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger (c), 7 Francois Louw, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Cornal Hendricks.


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