Release the Russell rocket

Brent Russell is our most potent attacking weapon and he’s desperate to be used.

mag_cover.jpgIn a revealing interview with SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week, Russell expresses his frustration at the way he’s been treated by our coaches.

“Could I have achieved as much as Matt Gitaeu if I’d been given a chance? That’s a question I’ve had many years to think about,” he told the magazine. “Have I been properly utilised by South African rugby? I believe I could have been played more, I could have been better utilised.

“To be honest, I can’t really relate to Giteau at the moment, because I’m in such a different space. I can’t tell you how good a player I could be, because I don’t know myself.”

Also in the new issue:

– The next generation: Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen and Brad Barritt

– All-out attack: changing our mindset

– Why SuperSport’s commentators suck

– Andre Pretorius: “I haven’t reached my best”

– Exposing SA’s goal-kicking myths

– Coaches circle: Nick Mallett, Brendan Venter, Gysie Pienaar and Chester Williams on the way forward

– Jeremy Guscott writes about England’s new man in charge, Rob Andrew

– Lote Tuqiri rates Bryan Habana

– Why the Boks need a full-time defence coach

– SA players in France (and why they left)

– Why the NFL is in a different league to rugby union

– Lions fullback Louis Ludik on his first season of Currie Cup rugby

– Plus columns from Naas, Nick and Keo