Cape Town - Adriaan Strauss will become
the 57th Springbok captain after the Vodacom Bulls hooker was named
to lead South Africa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, which
starts on 11 June in Cape Town.
Springbok coach, Allister
Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the
Boks are preparing for the first Test.
The popular Strauss hooker
follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as
well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.
Coetzee said he decided to
appoint the captain before the first training session.
qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his
team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.
“He enjoys the respect of all
the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played,
since coming through the junior national structures.
“Adriaan has shared the
vice-captaincy role with Bismarck du Plessis for the Springboks and is also a
former Toyota Cheetahs skipper and current Vodacom Bulls captain.
“I have no doubt he will be
successful in his role as Springbok captain, which is a huge responsibility,”
Coetzee further explained that
Strauss will have a strong leadership group around him to support him in his
role to lead the Springboks in the coming Castle Lager Incoming Series against
“Adriaan is blessed with a
strong leadership core around him consisting of Patrick Lambie, Warren
Whiteley, Frans Malherbe, Beast Mtawarira, Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw,”
“I have been impressed with
him in my interactions with him and I have the utmost faith in him.”
Strauss said he was humbled by
the trust and confidence shown in him by Coetzee.
“I am very grateful to the
coach for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility,” said Strauss.
“I am incredibly humbled by
this huge honour and also excited about the role. It is not everyone that get
the opportunity to lead the Springboks, so I consider myself very blessed
indeed. I shall do my very best to justify the trust shown in me.
“I am also very fortunate that
I will be able to lean on the assistance of a great leadership group within the
squad. There’s a fantastic energy in the squad, but the hard work starts now.”
The 30-year old hooker, who
was born in Bloemfontein, has played 54 Tests matches for South Africa since
making his debut in 2008, scoring six tries to date. He also presented the
Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, where he earned his 50th
Test cap against Samoa.
He became the 800th
Springbok when he was called up to do duty in the 2008 Castle Lager Rugby
Championship, making his debut on 19 July 2008 against Australia in Perth aged
just 22-years old. He has played in a total of 57 Springbok matches, including
In 2012 and 2013, Strauss
shared the vice-captaincy with Du Plessis. He is a very strong and experienced
hooker and respected leader in the South Africa game.
Strauss has amassed 130
Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the Toyota Cheetahs and the Vodacom Bulls. The
former Grey College hooker represented the SA Schools in 2003, SA Under-19
(2004) and SA U21 (in 2005, when they won the IRB U21 competition in Argentina,
as well as 2006). He made his senior debut for the Vodacom Bulls in 2006,
before joining the Toyota Cheetahs the following year. He re-joined the ranks
of the Pretoria side in 2015.
Adriaan Strauss – Brief
Date of birth: 18 November 1985 in Bloemfontein
Provincial Union: Vodacom Blue
Bulls (previously the Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
Test debut: 19 July 2008 vs
Australia in Perth aged 22
Test caps: 54
Tour matches: 3
Test points: 30 (6 tries)