Andries Strauss

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Andries Strauss
Personal information
Full name Andries Jacobus Strauss
Born (1984-03-05) 5 March 1984 (age 30)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
School(s) attended Grey College
Relatives Richardt Strauss (brother)
Adriaan Strauss (cousin)
Club information
Playing position Centre
Current club Edinburgh
Youth career
2003–05 Free State Cheetahs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2004–05 Free State Cheetahs 8 (10)
2006–10 Sharks 22 (5)
2006–10 Natal Sharks 80 (80)
2011–12 Cheetahs 18 (15)
2011–12 Free State Cheetahs 18 (20)
2013 Kings 14 (0)
2013 Eastern Province Kings 0 (0)
2014– Edinburgh 7 (0)
Representative team(s)
2003 S.A. Schools ()
2004 S.A. Under-19 ()
2004 S.A. Under-21 2 (0)
2007 S.A. Sevens ()
2010  South Africa 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 30 April 2014.

† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 23 February 2013.

Andries Strauss born 5 March 1984 in Pretoria, South Africa is a rugby union player for Edinburgh in the Pro 12 and Heineken Cup competitions. He plays as a centre.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

After playing for the Free State U20 side in 2003, he was included in the senior side for the 2004 Vodacom Cup competition and made his debut for them in a match against the Falcons.[3] He made his Currie Cup debut for the team later in 2004 against the SWD Eagles.[4] He remained with the Bloemfontein-based side until the end of the 2005 season, before moving to Durban to join the Sharks.

Natal Sharks / Sharks[edit]

He made his Super Rugby debut in the Sharks', starting in opening match of the 2006 Super 14 season against the Chiefs.[5] He quickly established himself as a regular, starting twelve of the Sharks' matches during the season.

He represented the teams at all levels – playing for the Sharks at Super Rugby level in 2006, 2008 and 2009, domestically for the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup between 2006 and 2010 and for the Natal Wildebeest in the 2007 and 2008 Vodacom Cup competitions, making in excess of one hundred appearances for the team at those various levels.

Return to the Cheetahs[edit]

In August 2010, Strauss signed a deal with the Cheetahs for the 2011 Super 15 season, due to the departure of Cheetahs centre Meyer Bosman who joined the Sharks the next season.[6] In 2011 and 2012 Strauss made almost 40 appearances for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and also played with his cousin Adriaan Strauss during this time.

Kings[edit]

He joined the Kings for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[7] He made his Kings debut in their first ever Super Rugby match in 2013, a 22–10 victory over Australian side the Force.[8] He started thirteen of their sixteen matches during the season – most of them as captain following an injury to regular captain Luke Watson. However, Strauss broke his hand towards the end of the campaign and missed the 2013 Super Rugby Promotion/Relegation Play-offs, which saw the Lions gain entry into the 2014 Super Rugby season at the Kings' expense. He also missed the entire 2013 Currie Cup First Division season with the same injury.

Edinburgh[edit]

He signed for Scottish side Edinburgh Rugby at the start of 2014, tying him to the club until 2016.[9]

Representative rugby[edit]

In November 2010, after an injury to stand-in full-back and centre Zane Kirchner, Strauss received a call up to play for the Springboks to face a star-studded Barbarians side at Twickenham in a non-test match.[10][11] Although it was a non-test match, this thus far, is his only appearance for the national team.

At youth level, he played for the S.A. Under-21 side, playing two matches for them in the 2004 Under 21 Rugby World Championship. He also represented the S.A. Sevens side during the 2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series competition.

Personal life[edit]

Strauss is the brother of Irish international hooker Richardt Strauss, as well as the cousin for South African international hooker Adriaan Strauss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SARU Player Profile Andries Strauss". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "It's Rugby Player Profile Andries Strauss". It's Rugby. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Match Breakdown: Cheetahs vs Falcons". South African Rugby Union. 20 March 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Match Breakdown: Cheetahs vs Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Match Breakdown: The Sharks vs Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "More signing for Cheetahs". Sport24. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Southern Kings snap up Strauss for Super Rugby". rugbyweek.com. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Match Breakdown: Southern Kings vs Force". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stalwart Super Rugby centre signs to 2016". Edinburgh Rugby (Press release). 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Andries Strauss drafted in by Springboks". ESPN. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Barbarians 26–20 South Africa". BBC. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2013.