Strauss named Bulls skipper

Date published: November 30 2015

Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss has been named as captain of the Bulls for the 2016 Super Rugby season, the team announced on Monday. 

Springbok fly-half Handré Pollard, will be vice-captain for the season. 

Strauss, a Super Rugby centurion (118 appearances) is no stranger to a leadership role at this level, having captained the Cheetahs for a number of seasons and according to the Bulls Super Rugby coach, Nollis Marais, is a perfect fit for his team.

"Adriaan ticks all the boxes. He has vast experience at Super Rugby level, has played 54 tests for the Springboks, where he is part of the leadership group and represents what we stand for as Bulls," explained Marais.

"His leadership style is great, as is his ability to rally players around him. He is also one of the top hookers in world rugby and even opponents will look up to his presence on the field." 

"It is also very important for a coach to have a good working relationship with his captain and Adriaan and myself share a number of values, with the most important our shared vision to build a special team and leave a legacy," said Marais.

Pollard is no stranger to captaincy having lead the Junior Springboks in 2014 and Marais is confident that the playmaker and goal kicker will not be burdened by this extra responsibility.

"Handré is a natural leader of men and one that leads from the front," said the coach. 

"He is young in age, but already very experienced on the rugby field. He is also part of the new generation that is coming through at Loftus Versfeld and around we will be building the next generation of stars. Both Adriaan and Handré has the potential to captain the Springboks, so we can be very proud and humble about the fact that their leadership will be available to the Vodacom Bulls." 

Strauss said he was humbled when asked to lead the team.

"There were some brilliant captains in the past and I was lucky to be part of a special generation of Bulls players that won this competition in my early years," said the Springbok hooker. 

"I have learned valuable lessons about the team culture and when I returned last year, was very happy to see the work ethic and drive to be the best did not change. There are exciting times ahead for this group and I am very keen to be part of it. We want to be a team that makes a difference to our fans."