Tiaan Strauss

Christiaan Petrus 'Tiaan' Strauss, (born 28 June 1965) is a former rugby union and rugby league footballer who represented both South Africa and Australia at international level in rugby union and also played top-level domestic rugby league in Australia.[1] He won the 1999 Rugby World Cup with Australia and the Currie Cup with Western Province.

Tiaan Strauss
Birth nameChristiaan Petrus Strauss
Date of birth (1965-06-28) 28 June 1965 (age 55)
Place of birthUpington, Northern Cape
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight16 st 5 lb (104 kg; 229 lb)
SchoolUpington High School, Upington
UniversityStellenbosch University
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–97 Cronulla Sharks 14 (4)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Flank
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986–95 Western Province 156 ()
1998–2000 NSW Waratahs 36 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992–94 South Africa 15 (20)
1999 Australia 11 (20)

BiographyEdit

Born in the Northern Cape town of Upington, Strauss attended the University of Stellenbosch, where he obtained his law degree in 1990. He made his senior provincial debut for Western Province in 1986 against North Eastern Cape and scored a try on debut.[2] At the end of the 1986 provincial season he formed the Western Province back row with Gert Smal and Deon Lotter, that played a major role in Western Province's Currie Cup victory.[3]

Strauss made his test debut for the Springboks during the 1992 tour of Britain and France, as Number 8 against France at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon. He went on to won 15 caps for the Springboks between 1992 and 1994, scoring 4 tries and captaining them on one occasion.[4] He also made a record 156 appearances for Western Province during the team's golden period before he moved to Australia.

In Australia he played two seasons of rugby league with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before switching back to rugby union for New South Wales. He was selected for Australia a total of 11 times, scoring a hat trick against Ireland on his debut. All but two of his caps were from the bench. He did make a capable replacement for Toutai Kefu in the 1999 World Cup Quarter Final in Cardiff when the former was banned but it turned out to be his last cap.

Strauss returned to South Africa and settled with his family.

Rugby union test historyEdit

  South Africa
No. Opposition Result (SA 1st) Position Tries Date Venue
1.   France 20–15 Number 8 17 October 1992 Stade de Gerland, Lyon
2.   France 16–29 Number 8 24 October 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris
3.   England 16–33 Flank 1 14 November 1992 Twickenham, London
4.   France 20–20 Flank 26 June 1993 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
5.   France 17–18 Number 8 3 July 1993 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
6.   Australia 19–12 Number 8 31 July 1993 Aussie Stadium (SFG), Sydney
7.   Australia 20–28 Number 8 14 August 1993 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
8.   Australia 12–19 Number 8 21 August 1993 Aussie Stadium (SFG), Sydney
9.   Argentina 29–26 Number 8 6 November 1993 Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires
10.   Argentina 52–23 Number 8 2 13 November 1993 Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires
11.   England 15–32 Number 8 4 June 1994 Loftus Versveld, Pretoria
12.   New Zealand 14–22 Flank (c) 9 July 1994 Carisbrook, Dunedin
13.   New Zealand 9–13 Flank 23 July 1994 Athletic Park, Wellington
14.   Argentina 42–22 Number 8 1 8 October 1994 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
15.   Argentina 46–26 Number 8 15 October 1994 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
  Australia
No. Opposition Result (Aus 1st) Position Tries Date Venue
1.   Ireland 46–11 Substitute 3 12 June 1999 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
2.   Ireland 32–26 Substitute 19 June 1999 Subiaco Oval, Perth
3.   England 16–33 Substitute 26 June 1999 Stadium Australia, Sydney
4.   South Africa 32–6 Substitute 17 July 1999 Lang Park, Brisbane
5.   New Zealand 15–34 Number 8 24 July 1999 Eden Park, Auckland
6.   South Africa 10–9 Substitute 14 August 1999 Newlands, Cape Town
7.   New Zealand 28–7 Substitute 28 August 1999 Stadium Australia, Sydney
8.   Romania 57–9 Substitute 3 October 1999 Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast
9.   Ireland 23–3 Substitute 10 October 1999 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
10.   United States 55–19 Flank 1 14 October 1999 Thomond Park, Limerick
11.   Wales 24–9 Number 8 14 October 1999 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Christiaan Petrus Strauss". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ Van der Merwe, Floris (2007). Matieland is rugbyland, 1980-2006. Stellenbosch: SUN Press. pp. 144–146. ISBN 9781920109790. OCLC 190836768.
  3. ^ Van Rooyen, Quintus (1986). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1986. Verwoerdburg: SA Rugby Writers' Society. pp. 137–138.
  4. ^ Jooste, Graham K. (1995). South African rugby test players 1949-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin. pp. 127–143. ISBN 0140250174. OCLC 36916860.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Francois Pienaar
Springbok Captain
1994
Succeeded by
Adriaan Richter