Josh Strauss minus his beard

2012-07-13 07:44

Johannesburg - Lions captain Josh Strauss caused quite a stir when arriving at the team announcement at Thursday, not so much for what he said, but for the absence of his trademark beard.

According to Strauss arrived clean shaven and looked rather different to how most have grown to know the loose forward, and it is hoped the new look might throw the Bulls off when the two sides clash this weekend.

Asked why the beard had to go, Strauss was rather coy - citing “aerodynamics” as his reason, trying to convince the press corps that a smooth shave would make a world of difference at Loftus Versfeld.

Other than the looks though, it was the same Strauss, who came out firing in defending his side’s season, and firmly pinned the team’s hopes this weekend on making a big impression ahead of the Currie Cup.

“We’re looking forward to the Currie Cup,” Strauss explained about the domestic competition which starts a week after the Super Rugby final, “We are focused on this game, and want to take something positive out of it, something that we can build on after this weekend. I don’t think the Sharks did us a favour with how they beat the Bulls and they will be very determined. We know it will be a tough game, probably the biggest derby game in the country.”

Strauss said the Rebels win had given his side a dollup of confidence, one which will help them when facing their neighbours.

“We got a lot of confidence from the win, as well as the one against the Sharks and we’re hoping to continue that momentum. Hopefully another good performance will give us an edge in the Currie Cup, especially as we have a little more time off to recover than some of the other teams after this weekend.

“The Bulls are coming off a loss and they will want to prove their worth this weekend, they will be a desperate team and they will be very dangerous. We need to be switched on for the challenge, we need to be physical. As a team we don’t have much to lose, we just will continue to play for each other and for ourselves as a team. That can make a dangerous mix of our own. We definitely want to end the season well.”

Beard or not, Strauss will be hoping his team’s determination will be enough for them this weekend.


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Deon Stegmann, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter

15 James Kamana, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 JR Esterhuizen, 22 Ruan Combrinck


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 07:51

    Go Lions:):) Tom,you think Josh looks cuter now:):):)

      jason.children - 2012-07-13 08:07

      Not at all what i thought he would look like! Tom must me wet at the knees ;) Go Lions!!!! SFL

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 08:08

      ROTFLMAO,wonder if the boy is at the beauty parlour still

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 08:30

      lol@Watchman,that boy is one of a kind.

      jason.children - 2012-07-13 08:46

      LOL @ Watchman but i cant take credit.............Lionel mentioned to me about him being Harold and i agreed.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:11

      Chaans the ou looks like a Jew accountant, probably neatening up in hopes of being called into the springboks. Ja boet I'm Harold. Well done buck nuts. And I dont let my broads spend the night, gets too emotional. Just got back from the gym and had a quick touchup on the tan, what's the issue bud? And everyone here implying that I think Josh is cute, u ous haven't met my guns. Left one I call Cyril and right one I call mervyn. Sound gay to u? Didn't think so. Heard a song on the way home in my Jammy. "still haven't found what I'm looking for" by U2. For stormers supporters, a super trophy, for watchman, a shirt

      jason.children - 2012-07-13 09:44

      Tom "the Tosser" Tea Girl!! Your Guns huh? bwahahahahahahaha ahhh dude at least you are good for a laugh!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 09:52

      Morning Tom:):):):)

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-13 12:26

      Tom.retardis...i was looking for a good laugh and i realised i could rely on you and i wasnt dissapointed! Does anyone else do a bit of an accent when you read toms post? everytime i read retardis post i have to do it in a "chaan" accent!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 12:37

      u one of those ous who buys large cos it makes u feel like a big guy? known a few of those pencil necks in my time. its ok to admit u wear medium chaan, i got a lekker blue shirt for u, its got puma on it though and a little logo with bulls horns on it too.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 17:16

      watchman, I'm penciling you down as moron .

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-13 07:51

    now that looks better my boy!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:13

      Your boy? John travolta in the making

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-13 07:52

    Bulls by 200

      jankvdm - 2012-07-13 08:46

      Umshini wam ! Bulls watchit !!!

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-13 07:54

    When are the Kings replacing Lions again?

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  • hanjo.overes - 2012-07-13 08:23

    It'll be back by Saturday

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-13 08:29

    I got a feeling that the Lions are going to be a force in the CC. Then we are going to see the proverbial hit the fan with the Kings S15 saga. this is one SARU can't wriggle out of.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:16

      Lions only win the currie cup because the other provinces lose 10 players each and then when the boks return from truncations they put them in with the hope of winning but there is no cohesion so doesn't work. The lions have been unchanged for 3 orbso years and play every game together from vodacom to super to currie cups without any interruption, if they can't win in super rugby they should go away but not for someone to replace just keep 4 teams. They can be currie cup specialists

      Marcus - 2012-07-13 13:33

      Tom, If that is the reason the lions won the CC, I feel sorry for every union out there. Shame no depth in the teams. FYI: Last years CC final had all the boks in, Lions still won, by far!

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-07-13 08:30

    He didn't want to look like a Lion anymore since he's joining the Kings next year .... the "Kings" look fits him better!

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-07-13 08:31

      EP KINGS on the RISE!!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-13 08:40

      You know, most of SA rugby supporters would be 100% behind the Kings if they were getting their spot on merit. At the moment this is not the case, and I think that it is a massive disgrace on SARU's side. Firstly that they find themselves in such a mess, having to kick the Lions out which can only hurt SA rugby, and second because my view is that EP rugby has not been given a decent amount of support by SARU in recent years. I would love to see EP involved again at the top levels, but on merit. This situation is simply an embarrassment!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 08:44

      Everybody is having a go at the Kings why not have ago at SARU,they are the ones who made the promise.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:18

      Oregan Hoskins and that's oregan like where Portland is, no o'regan cos u claim to have Irish grandfather - at least it's not hearing about a german grandfather

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:18

      Got side tracked .....oregano jou ma se dingus

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-13 08:39

    Hoop Josh dink beter nou dat sy baard af is die ding was te swaar vir sy kop

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-13 08:40

    Thank goodness he looked like a WHAREWOLF on a tight budget, I don't know why his girlfriend says he is SOOOOOO GOOOOOD LOOOOOOKING becuase he is just an ordinary looking guy. Maybe now they can win.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-07-13 08:41

    Think that beard will be back tomorrow.

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-13 09:37

    Hier kom moeilikheid!

  • lablue.phoenix - 2012-07-13 10:05

    Must've shaved for his job interview with the Kings.

  • marianafourievdMerwe - 2012-07-13 10:11

    At last!! It was sooooo ridiculous!!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-07-13 10:21


      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 10:42

      Hou vir julle in:):)

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-13 11:27

    No more beard burn.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 12:30

      u mean on the poontang?

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-07-13 12:13

    HMMMMM Anyone know the story of Samson?!?!?!?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 12:34

      ja the ou who built the ark china, put two of every animal in there. he put bulls cheetahs and sharks, then left the stormers behind and the lions had problems with the authority and bailed to make way for the white elephants from the EC

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 12:34

    Hier kom n groot game manne!!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 12:34

      Bulls by 5!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 12:56

      hope by 5, then i get paid and the bulls will stride forth to another super title!

  • dawid.burger.1 - 2012-07-13 20:39

    Kom aan Leeus, Laat ons jul BRUL more hoor!!!

  • jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-14 01:06

    Ja, jy soek nou 'n job, nou moes jy skeer...

  • will.bains.50 - 2012-07-14 11:59

    I beleive a certain chicken franchise is going to sponser the Lions. They wil then be known as THE HUNGY LIONS.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 13:13

      hungy? beleive? sponser? wil? You get my vote for poens of the day

  • will.bains.50 - 2012-07-14 12:00

    I beleive a certain chicken franchise is going to sponser the Lions. They wil then be known as THE HUNGY LIONS.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 13:13

      hungy? beleive? sponser? wil? You get my vote for poens of the day

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