Strauss set to face Boks

2012-10-24 17:10

Dublin - Ireland were dealt a blow for their November international series when Leinster fullback Rob Kearney was ruled out with a back injury that requires surgery.

Kearney, the reigning European player of the year, is expected to be out for 10 weeks, and so misses matches against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

Coach Declan Kidney named four new caps in the 31-strong squad: centre Luke Marshall, forward Iain Henderson, prop David Kilcoyne and former Free State Cheetahs hooker Richardt Strauss.

Strauss was born and raised in South Africa but is uncapped by the Springboks and is now eligible to play for Ireland based on his residency for the past three years whilst playing for Leinster.

"We have three incredibly competitive games ahead of us in November and while there have been quite a few injuries and niggles in the early part of the season, it has opened up opportunities for other players to step into the squad," Kidney said.

"There are world ranking points on offer, so the underlying challenge for us is to work towards retaining and improving our ranking position ahead of the Rugby World Cup pool draw.

"While that is the end goal, our focus will be getting our preparations right to match the intensity of international games."

Ireland also reshuffled their backroom staff, with current Munster assistant coach and former international Anthony Foley joining the national set-up as defence coach, allowing assistant coach Les Kiss to lead the attack and continue to coach the backline.

Foley will remain working with Munster outside of the international window. It was also confirmed that Leinster scrum coach, Greg Feek will continue providing his expertise to the Ireland team during competition time.

"I'm pleased that Anthony has taken up the offer of working with the squad to assist during this vital period in November," Kidney said.

"His previous experience of working with the team during the last Six Nations championship was important, but his own abilities and experience were central to bringing him onboard."

Ireland kick off their autumn series against the Springboks on November 10, followed by Fiji and Argentina on the following weekends.

Ireland squad:

Rory Best (Ulster), Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Tom Court (Ulster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Stephen Ferris (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), John Muldoon (Connacht), Conor Murray (Munster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster)


  • jason.m.nelis - 2012-10-24 15:48

    Ireland starting to poach loads of SA players. They recruite them early in the hope that they qualify and represent Ire. To me that just sends out a clear statement conceding that they are not good enough to compete with the best with homegrown players! Ire is becoming the new Eng......

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-24 17:54

      Or we could complain like Hansen oom bop

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 12:54

      @ Jason, stop speaking crap. Richardt could not make the Cheetahs side because his cousin was first choice. Left to play rugby abroad and hasent looked back. He will prob make the Lions squad next year for Aus Rugby is a Pro sport

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-24 18:53

    only 3 mil people in ireland and most play hurling, if you stand a chance to earn euro and not have to deal with all the bs politics of sa tugby, what would you do??

  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-24 19:42

    Well done Richardt, you set a goal and acheived it!!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 01:11

    Now they'll be able to count in Afrikaans again.

  • jason.m.nelis - 2012-10-25 16:26

    @luke.sportify, hey boet catch a wake up! What about other recent players namely CJ Stander and Quinn Roux?? Yes its professional sport but I disagree that you should be able to represent a country after 3 years.... If Ire invested in young homegrown talent at provincial level and stop trying to attract big foreign fish then they would not need to poach "Project Players". Yes Strauss was not good enough and left for greener pastures but the same cant be said about the others and more to come.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-25 17:39

      Its a bitter pill to swallow but thats the way it is, if these okes are getting no recognition from the Bok coaches and want to play at the highest level who are we to deny them that opportunity? I don't think I dislike it as much as you do boet but its happening and until the rules change this will continue to happen, besides they would more than likely choose the Boks as their first choice team anyways. Homegrown talent is a rare commodity in the northern hemisphere anyways so unions will pay top dollar to secure decent sportsmen from down south.

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