Brent Russell
Full names: Brent Robert
Date of birth: 5 Mar 1980
Place of birth: Port Elizabeth
Schools: St Stithians College Selborne College
Springbok no: 727
Debut test province: Pumas
Physical: 1.74m, 80kg
Current age: 42

Test summary: Tests: 23 Tries: 8
First Test: 8 Jun 2002 Age:22 Reserve against Wales at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 24 Jun 2006 Age:26 Right Wing against France at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
08 Jun 200222ReserveWalesWin: 34-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinPumas
15 Jun 200222Full BackWalesWin: 19-81 tryNewlands, Cape TownPumas
29 Jun 200222Full BackArgentinaWin: 49-29 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsPumas
27 Jul 200222ReserveAustraliaLose: 27-381 tryWooloongabba, BrisbanePumas
10 Aug 200222ReserveNew ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanPumas
17 Aug 200222FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 33-311 tryEllispark, JohannesburgPumas
09 Nov 200222Left WingFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesPumas
23 Nov 200222ReserveEnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonPumas
28 Jun 200323ReserveArgentinaWin: 26-251 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
12 Jul 200323ReserveAustraliaWin: 26-221 tryNewlands, Cape TownSharks
19 Jul 200323Full BackNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
02 Aug 200323ReserveAustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
19 Jun 200424ReserveIrelandWin: 26-17 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
26 Jun 200424Left WingWalesWin: 53-182 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
24 Jul 200424ReserveNew ZealandLose: 21-23 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchSharks
06 Nov 200424ReserveWalesWin: 38-36 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
04 Dec 200424ReserveArgentinaWin: 39-7 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
11 Jun 200525ReserveUruguayWin: 134-3 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonSharks
25 Jun 200525ReserveFranceWin: 27-13 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
09 Jul 200525ReserveAustraliaLose: 12-30 Stadium Australia, SydneySharks
05 Nov 200525ReserveArgentinaWin: 34-23 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
19 Nov 200525ReserveWalesWin: 33-16 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
24 Jun 200626Right WingFranceLose: 26-361 tryNewlands, Cape TownSharks


Brent Russell gained 23 Springboks test caps, of which only seven were starts. His debut was as a replacement flyhalf against Wales at Bloemfontein in 2002, coming on in the 47th minute for Ricardo Loubscher. The original number ten, André Pretorius, switched to fullback. Brent went on to make a further three appearances at flyhalf, seven at fullback, nine on the wing, and two at centre, before rounding off his full set on his 16th appearance by coming on as a replacement scrumhalf for the last 14 minutes for Jaco van der Westhuyzen against Wales in Cardiff in November 2004.

The only other player to have appeared in all possible positions in the backs is Ruan Pienaar.