Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss will retire from test rugby at the end of this season.
Strauss – who became the 57th Bok captain, against Ireland in June – had been contemplating retirement at the end of the 2016 season since late last year‚ and said he had told coach Allister Coetzee on his appointment earlier as skipper this year.
“When I was approached to lead the Bok team‚ I was both humbled and honoured‚” Strauss said.
“The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can‚ but I told the coach that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
“I’ve always accepted the challenge of playing for and captaining the Boks. I feel it’s the right time to let my teammates and our supporters know of the decision I made‚ with a greater plan in mind.”
Strauss said he had been stimulated by the challenge of being actively involved as captain at the start of a new era in Springbok rugby.
Coetzee lauded Strauss for the role he was playing in empowering a new generation of Springboks.