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Strauss targets Scotland team

2012-09-12 17:55

Johannesburg - Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) president Kevin de Klerk says they have released former captain Joshua Strauss to pursue a possible international career with Scotland.

The union on Tuesday announced that Strauss, who led the team to the 2011 Currie Cup title, signed a contract with Scottish side Glasgow Warriors.

Twenty-seven-year-old Strauss signed with the Warriors until May 2015, which could open the door for him to gain Scottish citizenship in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

"We identified with Josh's needs as a player going forward," De Klerk said.

"We looked at his potential involvement in SA Rugby going forward and we realised that possibly as international player he would not have cut it here.

"We took into account his request to further his international career with Scotland and also receive a three year contract that would then make him eligible to earn his citizenship as well to then participate in the next World Cup for Scotland."

Strauss is the most high profile player yet to announce his departure from the union.

The GLRU announced at the end of August that props Jacobie Adriaanse and Caylib Oosthuizen and junior locks Paul Willemse and Ruan Botha have not renewed their contracts.

"We are extremely grateful for what he's done here at the Lions, his sentiments as well, he's very grateful for what we've done for him," De Klerk said.

"We've brought Josh from oblivion basically but it's been a reciprocal association.

"We wish him all the best on his next venture overseas and we are sure he will make a success of it."

De Klerk said Strauss' time to play international rugby was running out and they thus afforded him the opportunity to go abroad.

"Joshua is 27-years of age, as a flanker you need to have established yourself pretty well and you need to move on there to go and make your mark in terms of international play," he said.

"He hasn't got many years left as a loose forward."

While his departure is a blow to the team as he could play in a number of forward positions, De Klerk believed the union would be able to find a replacement from within their ranks.

"Fortunately we've got quite an abundance of pretty good loose forwards that could stand in for Josh and probably provide an equivalent," said De Klerk.

"We will take each case on its merits but we are not going to bleed our union dry -- we need a strong core of representation.

He said the bulk of the players were still contracted with the union until the end of 2013.

De Klerk said he was confident that they would be able to retain the players if they gave them alternative competition following the team's relegation from the 2013 Super Rugby competition.

"If we put the right competitions together we would like to extend those for another two years and thereafter," he said.

"There has been a bleeding of players which we very sadly regret and there will be the odd player that will depart the union."

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Comments
  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-12 18:03

    Vissie.....hoekom wil hy nie vir die wyndrinkers speel nie? Geen bekers 11 jaar!!!!!!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-12 19:06

      andre jou Idiot, hoekom wil hy nie vir die bulls speel nie? Dit is tog veel nader vir hom ook?

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-12 22:20

      Bulls soek nie losers nie. As hy so goed is hoekom kies HM hom nie?

      macziekpk - 2012-09-12 22:35

      Imagine being so bad you are shunned in favour of SCOTLAND?!?!? WP obvs is the pits.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-13 00:01

      ....zero bekers vir die Kaapse Klopse... ....he he he he he ...

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-09-13 07:24

      some of these BB supporters make real oxygen thief comments. Do you not know that you make all of us look as stupid. We're having a bad run so accept it and HM is busy stuffing our national team up.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-13 08:46

      Geesh, this Andre is a miserable old man hey.

      laubser.brink - 2012-09-14 12:51

      In what way is being a wine drinker derogatory? Was that supposed to be an insult, brandy & coke much?

  • jacobus.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-09-12 19:02

    Good luck Josh!!! We all know that the coach with the blue tinted glasses would never choose you even after statistics show you were the South African forward who gained the second most meters carrying the ball...

      macziekpk - 2012-09-12 22:36

      Bye Josh, not good enough to make the Boks and prefers Scotland over the Western Cape...that says a lot about Capetonians and their choker team

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-13 06:43

      macziekpk, at least we not a first division side. LOL

  • bj.pieman - 2012-09-12 20:10

    Since when does scotland give citizenships?

      macziekpk - 2012-09-12 22:37

      Must have been an easy decision to go to Scotland instead of Cape Town. Bunch of chokers

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-13 06:47

      On the seventh day the Lord rested, but before that he did, he squatted over the side of Johannesburg and what came out of him... was Pretoria and all it's people.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-12 20:10

    Good luck Josh!! Hope you not only make the Scotland team, but that you are their captain as well!!

  • rohann.olivier.1 - 2012-09-12 20:27

    He is 25. D.O.B 23-10-86

      rais.frost - 2012-09-13 09:18

      Agreed, dont know where they get "27" from!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-12 23:37

    Heineken missed a trick here. Strauss could have been his captain for the next WC. Jean won't make it that far. A new player, new captain, new ideas, new beginning.

  • jjskosana - 2012-09-13 01:21

    G00d luck Josh, the road 2 the boks is through the blue bulls, thatz what meyer are trying 2 show us, buls suck, meyer sux

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-09-13 07:13

    To think that there were whispers that the beard would be a Bok captain. Good luck Josh. Sad for SA to lose such potential. Perhaps Lambie is now ruing his decision to stay in SA too. The Scots could have had a formidable SA flavor come 2015.

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-09-13 08:06

    Julle kan maar sĂȘ van die WP wat julle wil, ten minste het hulle 'n flexible game plan waarin die spelers die vrymoedigheid het om hul spelstyl aan te pas na gelang van omstandighede. Ek voorspel hulle gaan die Sharks ook trap die naweek, youngsters ofte not.

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-09-13 08:19

    Good luck Josh, you are already a legend, thanx for winning us the Currie Cup last year, you will be missed.

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