Tiaan Strauss

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Tiaan Strauss
Full name Christian Petrus Strauss
Date of birth (1965-06-28) 28 June 1965 (age 49)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg; 16.4 st)
Rugby league career
Position Forward
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Cronulla Sharks
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No. 8
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1986–95 Western Province 156
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
 South Africa

Christian Petrus Strauss, (born 28 June 1965 in Upington, South Africa) commonly known as Tiaan Strauss was a rugby footballer who represented both South Africa and Australia at International level in rugby union and also played top-level domestic rugby league in Australia. He won the Rugby World Cup with Australia and the Currie Cup with Western Province.

He won 15 caps for the Springboks between 1992 and 1994, scoring 4 tries and even captaining them on one occasion. He also made a record 156 caps for Western Province during Western Province's golden period before he moved permanently to Australia.

In Australia he played two seasons with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before switching back to rugby union for New South Wales. He was selected for the Wallabies a total of 11 times, scoring a hat trick against Ireland on 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.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Francois Pienaar
Springbok Captain
Succeeded by
Francois Pienaar