Bok Brussow relaxed ahead of world cup debut

Springbok flanker Heinrich Brussow says that having some of the most experienced men in world rugby alongside him will go a long way to settling his Rugby World cup nerves.

Free State flanker Brussow is at his first Rugby World Cup after bursting on to the international stage in the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour.

“Firstly, it is great to be here at the World Cup with a squad like this that has been here before and know s what to do, so I think it is a bit more relaxing,” said Brussow.

For a man already been described, by his coach, as a key player in the Springboks’ quest of retaining the William Webb Ellis trophy, the stress levels should be higher than the rest of the squad.

Only Brussow, prop Tendai Mtawarira and eighthman Pierre Spies in the run-on team for Sunday’s match have not yet been exposed to World Cup Rugby.

But as confident as he is that he will turn over possession for his team at some stage in the tournament, Brossouw felt very strongly about the fact that the older men will play a role in keeping those butterflies under control.

“There is always pressure on you to perform, especially this first Test, to get things going after such a long build-up.”

It took the Springbok squad a while to start feeling part of the World Cup buzz that was so overwhelming in Auckland this past week.

For Brussouw it is now just a case of completing the final part of what had to have been one of the longest weeks of his playing career.

“This week started up slowly and as it passed the vibe in town and in the team started to pick up with more supporters at the hotel and at the field,” he said.

“The vibe is here, so it is a big occasion for me, it is my first World Cup and to be part of something like this is amazing.”

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