Rugby Championship

Strauss has backing of Bok team-mates

2016-09-06 11:27
Adriaan Strauss (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Captain Adriaan Strauss’ decision to retire has not disrupted the Springbok camp, centre Juan de Jongh insists.

Strauss last week dropped a bombshell when he announced that he would retire from international rugby at the end of the year.

Strauss made the decision shortly before the Boks left for Australia, where they will tackle the Wallabies in a Rugby Championship Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

“He is a good captain and has our support as a group and individuals,” De Jongh told Netwerk24.

“This week, our focus is not on it (Strauss’ announcement). We’ve put it on the back burner. We’ll pay attention to it when the time arises (end of the year).

“The Test against the Wallabies is our priority. It’s important for all 23 of us who get jerseys for Saturday’s Test to do our best and to support Adriaan.

“Adrian knows that he can rely on the leadership in the team."

Saturday’s Test at Suncorp Stadium is scheduled for 12:05 (SA time).

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