‘Bok debuts an exciting event’ – Strauss

Date published: June 7 2016

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee has named a host of uncapped players in his entire squad that will face Ireland in a three-match Test series on home soil.

Coetzee included ten players who have yet to make an appearance for the two-time world champions.

The Springboks' boss was known to back youngsters in critical matches during his tenure in charge of the Stormers from 2010 until 2015.

Newly appointed skipper Adriaan Strauss believes that when given the opportunity, these uncapped players  will represent their country to the best of their ability.

"It’s always challenging for new guys entering the squad, the pressure will be building," Strauss told Sport24.

"But there are a lot of senior guys in the squad, a lot of guys who have been through this before and they will lead the guys through an exciting first cap, whoever gets the opportunity.

"It doesn’t have to be a nerve-wrecking event, it can be an exciting one as well and I think that’s the environment that we want to create."

The Bulls hooker, who is also in unchartered waters, will lead the Springboks for the first time in his 54 appearances.

"It was very exciting, especially when coach made the announcement last week," he said.

"But I've never been one to really get nervous. I understand the seriousness of it all, but I am pretty relaxed about it, to be honest."