Living on the edge

Heinrich Brüssow will continue to play an important game-shaping role for the Cheetahs and the Springboks in 2012.

Nobody polarises opinion like a world-class fetcher. Ironically, nobody is as valuable to the team cause.

In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week, former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold gives his views on what sets the best fetchers apart from the rest and how an opensider’s performance should be judged.

‘Opensiders, especially the clever ones, tend to stay a step ahead,’ Gold says. ‘They know when to get involved at a ruck and when to bide their time. As defenders they can be very menacing and I’ll admit that as coaches we do look for ways to take them out of the equation. I know for a fact that Heinrich is a nightmare to play against.’

Gold goes on to explain exactly what makes Brüssow so good, while the player himself chats about his two main rivals in world rugby – Richie McCaw and David Pocock – as well as his serious knee injury in 2010.

Also in the new issue:

– Having taken his opportunity in the Currie Cup, 19-year-old Johan Goosen is ready to test himself on the Super Rugby stage

– Sharks flank Marcell Coetzee missed out on Craven Week because he went to an unfashionable rugby school. Now he’s living his dream

– Lions fullback Jaco Taute can put himself into Springbok contention this season by taking his game to the next level

– Change has been the order of the day at the Chiefs where new coach Dave Rennie will try to help a team of baby faces grow into something special in 2012

– How the Rebels signed two of the biggest names in the game

– Sanzar CEO Greg Peters on player welfare, Super Rugby expansion, and his expectations for Argentina in the Rugby Championship

Kings coach Alan Solomons insists his side will be competitive in Super Rugby next year. We find out how

Earl Rose tells SA Rugby magazine his side of the story

– The Varsity Cup’s new points system has received mixed reviews

Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu wants to eliminate errors that cost his team dearly in Wellington and Las Vegas

– Everything you need to know about the new George Sevens Premier League

Tobias Botes is the latest South African to play Test rugby for the Azzurri

Joe van Niekerk is playing the best rugby of his career for Toulon