Brussow fit for Sharks clash

The former Bok loose forward has been plagued by injuries over the last few seasons.

Cheetahs flanker Heinrich Brussow has been declared fit for this weekend's clash against the Sharks. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske on Tuesday recalled fit again flanker Heinrich Brussow for this weekend's clash against the Sharks in Durban.

The former Bok loose forward has been plagued by injuries over the last few seasons.

But it appears Brussow will finally make his return to the Super Rugby stage.

In other changes, prop Caylib Oosthuizen replaces Trevor Nyakane in the front, while loose forward Jean Cook comes in for the injured Pieter 'Lappies' Labuschagne. Boom Prinsloo will move to eighth man.

In the back, flyhalf Elgar Watts replaces Johan Goosen, who's out with concussion, while Willie le Roux and Hennie Daniller switch places in the back three.

Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel says Brussow's return will do wonders for the confidence of the Bloemfontein outfit.

"The breakdown has become very important in Super Rugby because it is where guys can generate slow balls. You're allowed to contest harder than you were in previous seasons, so the breakdown is going to be a massive area for us at the weekend.

"Heinrich is a brilliant player and if the guys know he's in the team, it will lift their whole spirit."