Jake On Brussow And Burger
Former Springbok coach Jake White - on RugbyXV.co.za - answers readers' best questions on comparing Heinrich Brussow and Schalk Burger and New Zealand's World Cup chances.
Q: What are your thoughts on Heinrich Brussow?
I recall in 2009 you said that you would play Schalk Burger ahead of him, but having a player who forces the opposition to commit to rucks as he does seems to have become pretty valuable?
A: I always knew what I had in Schalk and I rated him – I wasn't alone as many rated him as one of the best players in the world.
I never had to pick between Schalk and Heinrich because he wasn't around then, I was lucky enough to have Schalk and Juan Smith.
Schalk also provides a lineout option, which is why I'd pick him ahead of Heinrich, but without Juan there, they can definitely play together.
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