8 Aug 2011

Brussow added to Springboks squad

9:35 am on 8 August 2011

Flanker Heinrich Brussow has been added to the South African rugby squad for the upcoming Tri-Nations matches against Australia and New Zealand.

The Cheetahs open-side loose forward, who has barely played during the past 18 months because of various injuries, impressed as a second-half replacement in a Currie Cup match yesterday.

His addition will be welcomed by coach Peter de Villiers as his original 12-strong pack for the two southern hemisphere championship games included only one specialist flank in blind-sider Jean Deysel.

Newcomer Brussow was a revelation during the 2009 Test season with his scavenging triggering numerous turnovers as South Africa topped the Tri-Nations table and won a three-match series against the British and Irish Lions.

Back-row injuries are a major concern just over a month before the Sprinboks begin their defence of the Rugby World Cup against Wales in New Zealand, with Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Willem Alberts and Duane Vermeulen sidelined.

South Africa face Australia this weekend in Durban and Tri-Nations title holders New Zealand one week later in Port Elizabeth.