- DOB21 Jul 1986
A 23-time South Africa international, Heinrich Brüssow put pen to paper on a deal to bring him to Franklin’s Gardens in January 2018, linking up with Saints after the conclusion of the Top League in Japan.
Though he made just five appearances in that first term, he made his presence felt in the Premiership as well as scoring his first try in Black, Green and Gold against Sale Sharks.
Under new director of rugby Chris Boyd the following season, Brüssow featured 18 times and scored three more tries before injury disrupted his campaign.
Brüssow is equally comfortable at flanker or No.8 and made the trip to Northampton from Japanese side NNT Docomo Red Hurricanes, after spending eight seasons in Super Rugby playing for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs.
Impressing on the Super Rugby stage, Brüssow was handed his first international appearance in 2008 as South Africa took on England at Twickenham, before the versatile back row played in all three Tests against the British & Irish Lions the following year.
A knee injury kept the South African out of international rugby until August 2011, where he came in for the final game of that season’s Tri-Nations tournament. But later that year Brüssow would feature in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad, helping his side reach the quarter-finals.
Despite strong performances for both his new side the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes and the Cheetahs, as well as a call-up to the Barbarians squad in 2014, Brüssow would not don the Springbok shirt again until 2015. That year he earned three more caps and took his tally of international wins to 15.
Brüssow then spent three more seasons at NNT Docomo Red Hurricanes before making the trip to Northampton to ply his trade at Franklin’s Gardens.