Josh Strauss's beard is history

2011-10-30 15:15

Cape Town - The big beard Lions captain Josh Strauss had grown while he waited for his girlfriend to relocate from Cape Town was forcefully removed by team-mate Wikus van Heerden after Saturday’s 42-16 Currie Cup final victory against the Sharks.

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“They caught me off-side,” said an almost unrecognisable Strauss.

“The guys said they were going to do it, but after nothing happened in the dressing room I relaxed and thought they would let it go.”

As the team sat down for their post match meal at Monte Casino on Saturday, the Lions skipper noticed that some of his team-mates were laughing and before he realised what was happening Van Heerden, manned with a razor, had snuck up behind him and cut away a huge chunk of the famous facial hair.

“I couldn’t argue because the damage was already done. I simply had to be a sport.”

Although he was slightly upset that the one thing that made him unique was no longer there, he also admitted that it felt good to have a more tidy appearance.

Not that the clean shaven look will last very long.

“I’ve already started growing my beard for the Super Rugby season.” Strauss would not be told that the loss of such a huge amount of hair would have consequences of Biblical proportions as it did for Samson.

“I guess it is one of those things that once it works for you, you have to stick with it,” he quipped.

The Lions spent most of their first day as Currie Cup champions at the casino signing autographs as hundreds of fans made use of the opportunity to get close to their heroes.

“The support was overwhelming and we are realising just how important the trophy is to all our fans."

Lions reserve centre, Dylan des Fountain, posted a picture on the social networking site, Twitter, early on Sunday morning. It depicts a more clean-faced Strauss sitting patiently as team-mates shave his beard.

Des Fountain tweeted: "Josh who...?", after posting the picture.

Team-mate, Waylon Murray, also posted a picture on Twitter of a clean-faced Strauss: "The new josh Strauss !!!!!!!!" , tweeted Murray.

Josh Strauss's beard is history (Twitter)

Team-mate Waylon Murray posted this photo on Twitter: "The new josh Strauss !!!!!!!!"


  • Vickers - 2011-10-30 11:26


      Vic - 2011-10-30 14:33

      well done , now my wife can stop wondering when we will see the real josh

      Francois - 2011-10-30 23:34

      What is the name of the girl? Can we have a positive ID?

  • brad.norval - 2011-10-30 11:45

    should have left the tashe for Movember (looked like Borat though)

      Raeez - 2011-10-31 07:40

      Hes Beard grows so fast im sure he'll have another one by

  • J.D. - 2011-10-30 11:46

    We are getting tired of the old bunch..we need a new look bok team with a newlook captain and a new coach. I go for Strauss and Mitchell and some golden lions.

  • Ockie - 2011-10-30 11:49

    What a party afterwards. Wasn't there ... but look at the results!

  • leoni.leroux - 2011-10-30 12:55

    Wow! didnt realize there was such a handsome guy beyond the beard!

  • Pieter - 2011-10-30 13:05

    n nuwe skoon gesig ,n nuwe begin,n nuwe era vir RSA rugby?Het ons geleer?Het ons die talent gesien?Het ons die NZeeland afrigters se sukses gesien?Het ons besef daars foute gemaak met n gelapte oue springbokspan?Het ons die lig gesien?Kan ons die geleenthede gebruik wat so sigbaar opduik?Is ons n rugbynasie wat hierdie kans voliut gaan gebruik?

      Butch - 2011-10-30 22:09

      Pieter die kanse is nie baie goed nie - jy sien , in Africa we always going this way, whilst evebody else are going that way - the reason being , We know da shortcut - you see .Dis hoekom ons niiks reg kan doen nie. Met dwase kan jy nie redeneer nie

  • Dianne - 2011-10-30 14:23

    He's even more super gorgeous now:) Hope the strength doesn't leave:)

  • Marshall - 2011-10-30 15:40

    hope the girlfriend will now join you in Lionland, Josh!

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-30 15:51

    They are the Lions hear them ROARRRRRR. Hopelik sal die volgende Bok afrigter met sy eie osse begin ploeg.

  • TheRock - 2011-10-30 16:44

    That's much better! Now you look like a sportsman instead of like bin Laden...

  • Melanie - 2011-10-30 18:44

    I think he looks gorgeous. What a handsome dude !!!!!!

  • Rohin - 2011-10-30 20:28

    who knew there was such a hottie under there. Yummy.

  • amywagenaar - 2011-10-30 20:31

    what happened to the cut on the inside of the lip

  • Elmien - 2011-10-31 06:55

    Why did he not do it dor a good charity cause, like Jason Eaton from NZ did?

      Deirdre - 2011-10-31 08:56

      Because if you read the story, he wasn't given the choice!

  • Wayne - 2011-10-31 06:59

    so much better !!!

  • leonao - 2011-10-31 07:06

    Hys blerrie mooi!!!!

  • walter.lamb1 - 2011-10-31 07:42

    Wow wat n awesome pick manne jul het my trots gemaak

  • NannaVal - 2011-10-31 07:50

    Josh you are Gorgeous without the beard leave it off. Congrats to you & the boys on our Win so Proud of you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason - 2011-10-31 08:15

    What a BOYTJIE!!!!!

  • Sharon - 2011-10-31 08:20

    Wow SEXY ...............................

  • wvbaalen - 2011-10-31 09:03

    Anyone notice the spelling mistake in the heading? sTrauss...haha

  • Anton - 2011-10-31 09:08

    No close shave in the final for the Lions, but a clean start with great prospects for the future. Congrats to them for a brilliant Currie Cup season!!

  • Thulebona - 2011-10-31 13:01

    he's shaved off a few years ... looking much younger

  • margaret.kleynhans - 2011-10-31 13:07

    shjooeee now that's something to look at.....

  • Dieter - 2011-10-31 13:55

    heard he will donate some of his beard hair to Elton Jantjies to cover up the patches in his hair

  • Magda - 2011-10-31 15:10

    Josh jy is soo pragtig ASSEBLIEF los nou die baard, moet dit tog nie weer groei nie

  • Leon - 2011-10-31 16:09

    way to go!!

  • Rachelle - 2011-11-01 08:58

    Josh, I have two daughters...... :-)

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