Northampton Saints have announced the signing of former Springbok flanker Heinrich Brussow.
The 31-year-old burst into international rugby consciousness during the 2009 British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa, when his combination of aggression and tenacity – especially at the breakdown – caught the eye of supporters and commentators alike.
Capped 23 times by the Springboks, Brussow has also amassed considerable amounts of experience in Super Rugby playing for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs and is regarded as one of the finest exponents of open side flanker play in the world game.
Between 2013 and 2015 Brussow played jointly for the Cheetahs and Japanese club Docomo Red Hurricanes. He left the Cheetahs at the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season and solely committed his rugby to the Red Hurricanes.
Brussow will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens in January 2018 once his current playing commitments in Japan have been completed.