November 29, 2016

LUS TO TALK: Adriaan Strauss

Strauss can't wait to spill the Boks' beans.

Die bom gaan nog bars from within the Springbok camp.

After a year in which he could only lead the team to four wins from a possible 12 and also a winless end-of-year tour of Europe, captain Adriaan Strauss has already announced his retirement from international rugby.

Die man het genoeg gehad.

And now he has promised to come out with the hele sak patats as he feels the problem with the Springboks is much more than meets the eye.

Following their 27-13 defeat to Wales last weekend – after also losing to Italy and England in the two weeks before then, Strauss is ready to rek his bek.

He told media after the match: “I would like to contribute. I am not a sports administrator, I’m not a coach or at management level, I am a player, and I respect my position as a player – but I am the captain as well.

“No fingers can be pointed. We are all responsible for this, everyone up and down the ladder.

“It has been a massive challenge, I accepted that responsibility the day I said yes to the captaincy, and that day I became accountable for things that happened to the team.

“I am not here for a ‘pity party’.

“I will reserve my opinions to a platform where I think it needs to be heard, and will do that openly and honestly. I will be ruthless with the truth.

“When I get my opportunity at the right places, I will make honest contributions.”

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will undergo a review by the South African Rugby Union and given the opportunity to talk, it’s clear that Strauss will not hold back.

Coach Coetzee adds: “It is a very difficult time for us as management staff and players.

“We obviously live in a country where results are important for the national team, and we are definitely not proud about the way this season has gone.

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