Cape Town - Adriaan Strauss may not be the most vocal Springbok captain ever, but he is certainly making his presence felt.
That is the view of Scarra Ntubeni, who opened up on Tuesday, speaking about what it has been like working under Strauss at the Springbok training camp in Stellenbosch this week.
"He doesn’t talk too much. He leads from the front … the odd
joke here and there," said Ntubeni, who is hoping to earn his Springbok debut on June 11 against Ireland.
"He’s a good man … a good rugby man and very professional.
He’s always willing to help out … a lot of Test caps and a lot of experience
Ntubeni added that in the short while the players had been together this week Strauss had already demonstrated a keenness to impart knowledge.
"We actually spent about half an hour together now (Tuesday morning) and after
every throw he’d give me a tip," said Ntubeni.
"It’s nice to learn from someone who doesn’t
have a chip on his shoulder but is willing to help. He’s the type of guy who,
if he was injured, wouldn’t step back. He’d always want to help."
Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain when he leads the side out at Newlands next weekend.