Adriaan Strauss

Jan Adriaan Strauss (born 18 November 1985) is a South African former professional rugby union player who played first class rugby between 2005 and 2018. He played in 66 international test matches for South Africa (captaining them in 2016) and also featured in three non-test internationals. He played Super Rugby for the Bulls and the Cheetahs, making 156 appearances, a record by a South African player. He also made 78 Currie Cup appearances for the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs.

Adriaan Strauss
Adriaan Strauss 2011.jpg
Full nameJan Adriaan Strauss
Date of birth (1985-11-18) 18 November 1985 (age 36)
Place of birthBloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight113 kg (249 lb; 17 st 11 lb)
SchoolGrey College, Bloemfontein
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Notable relative(s)Andries Strauss (cousin)
Richardt Strauss (cousin)
Occupation(s)Professional rugby player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Youth career
2004–2005 Blue Bulls
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2006 Blue Bulls 22 (15)
2006 Bulls 8 (0)
2007–2014 Cheetahs 97 (40)
2007–2013 Free State Cheetahs 56 (45)
2015–2018 Bulls 51 (55)
2005–2018 Total 234 (155)
Correct as of 29 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 South Africa Schools
2004 South Africa Under-19
2006 South Africa Under-21 8 (10)
2008–2016 South Africa (test) 66 (30)
2008–2016 South Africa (tour) 2 (0)
2011, 2017 Barbarians 3 (0)
2015 Springboks 1 (0)
Correct as of 29 May 2018


Strauss made his international debut for South Africa[1] on 19 July 2008 coming off the bench against Australia in the Tri Nations. He stayed with the team for the remainder of the Tri Nations earning 5 caps, but missed out on the November tour to the UK following the return of John Smit to action with Chiliboy Ralepelle leapfrogging him in the selection order.[2] He scored both of his first two tries for the Springboks in one test on 18 November 2012 against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Strauss was selected in South Africa's 31-man for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he became South Africa's first-choice hooker.[3]

Following a standout Super Rugby season for the Bulls, scoring 6 tries that year, Strauss was promoted to captain of the Springboks, becoming the 56th captain in the team's history. Strauss started every test that year as Captain of the team.[4] Following captaining South Africa through a 2-1 series win over Ireland that year, Strauss continued his form in the 2016 Rugby Championship and was awarded Man of the Match in the 18-10 win against Australia, where he played the full 80 minutes- a rare feat for a hooker. Strauss also played the full 80 minutes against Argentina in two tests earlier that year on 20 August and 27 August. Despite Strauss' excellent form, the 2016 Rugby Championship was a disappointment for the Springboks as the team suffered a 57-15 loss to the All Blacks in the final round of the tournament, placing them third overall.

Strauss announced that he would retire from International Rugby at the end of 2016, playing his final match for the Springboks on 26 November that year. The match was a 27-13 loss to Wales, with Strauss subbed off with 9 minutes to go.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Adriaan Strauss". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2008-12-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Super Rugby 2015: Bulls – Squad Contenders – Hookers |". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Strauss named Springbok captain". 30 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by Springbok Captain
Warren Whiteley