Brent Russell is our most potent attacking weapon and he’s desperate to be used.
In 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 Iâ€™d been given a chance? Thatâ€™s a question Iâ€™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 canâ€™t really relate to Giteau at the moment, because Iâ€™m in such a different space. I canâ€™t tell you how good a player I could be, because I donâ€™t know myself.”
Also in the new issue:
â€“ The next generation: Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen and Brad Barritt
â€“ All-out attack: changing our mindset
â€“ Why SuperSport’s commentators suck
â€“ Andre Pretorius: “I haven’t reached my best”
â€“ Exposing SA’s goal-kicking myths
â€“ Coaches circle: Nick Mallett, Brendan Venter, Gysie Pienaar and Chester Williams on the way forward
â€“ Jeremy Guscott writes about England’s new man in charge, Rob Andrew
â€“ Lote Tuqiri rates Bryan Habana
â€“ Why the Boks need a full-time defence coach
â€“ SA players in France (and why they left)
â€“ Why the NFL is in a different league to rugby union
â€“ Lions fullback Louis Ludik on his first season of Currie Cup rugby
â€“ Plus columns from Naas, Nick and Keo