Strauss keen to be part of Boks’ season review

Date published: November 28 2016

Outgoing Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss has indicated that he is keen to be part of the process when the Springboks' poor 2016 season will be reviewed.

Strauss played his 66th and last Test for the two-time world champions in Saturday's 27-13 defeat to Wales in Cardiff and said he will be "relentless with the truth" when asked for his input when the South African Rugby Union (SARU) reviews the Boks' results. 

The Boks finished 2016 with just four victories from 12 Tests and there have been calls for their head coach, Allister Coetzee, to step down from his position.

After Saturday's defeat to Wales, SARU president Mark Alexander outlined plans to overhaul their administration of the game in South Africa and hold a Springbok review after a disastrous season.

"I was excited when the players were invited to a meeting during the tour and that we will also be able to attend future meetings," Strauss told Netwerk24.

"I would like to be part of something that will be help to bring about change. I will use the right platform to voice my opinion. I will do it openly and honestly, and I will be relentless with the truth."

However, Strauss does not want to make controversial utterances in the public domain.

"It won't be productive to just make comments," he added.

"When I get the opportunity to do it at the right forum, then I will give my honest input."

The 31-year-old said nobody is in a position to blame one another.

"We are all to blame for this," said Strauss.

"When I agreed to be the captain I became responsible for what happens to the team. During the next month, I will do what I can by giving my input. I gave my all this year. There were mistakes, but I always placed Bok-rugby first and did my best."

Coetzee hailed Strauss for his contribution as the Boks' leader in 2016.

"No other player in South Africa would have been able to handle the pressure which he had to," said the coach.

"I want to congratulate Adriaan on how he came through a difficult season. He stood tall and I'm certain he will contribute to ensure that this will be the start of greater things to come."