Russell in no rush
28 Jun 2006
Brent Russell is enjoying a well deserved semi-rest this week.
Russell, whose try against the French should have been the catalyst for victory, is still unsure whether he will be going to Australasia with the Springboks next month.
“I have no idea what is going on. As rugby players we do what our coaches tell us and at the moment I have heard nothing,” the winger told keo.co.za
Despite the uncertainty it would be a major surprise if Russell was not part of the Springbok squad for the away leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations that is due to announced later this week.
The huge uncertainty surrounding the announcement though has caused problems for provincial coaches trying to finalise line-ups for the second round of the Absa Currie Cup this weekend.
It has also left players like Russell in limbo. “I’m not doing full training this week, just a bit of gym and individual exercises, waiting for the news.”
The Boks leave on Monday for two matches against Australia and one versus New Zealand in the expanded Vodacom Tri-Nations competition.
Two reasons can be blamed for the delay – White’s ongoing contract saga and the injuries to several key personnel.
Russell though is excited about his chances after he marked his first start in two years with a scorching try that should have launched the Boks to victory against France.
“I’m not really sure how I got through the first tackle and I was surprised actually and then I had a little luck getting past the next defender. It was great to score after a bit of a drought,” said Russell.
Unlike the contracted Boks, Russell will likely play some part in the Sharks Currie Cup campaign later this year, but for now he is just waiting to hear his name among the 28 for the Tri-Nations.
When the actual announcement takes place, however, is anyone’s guess.
By Andrew Hollely