Newly appointed Springbok captain says that the South Africans are determined to lay down a marker in their first Test match against Ireland.
Saturday’s Test at Newlands in Cape Town will be the first under coach Allister Coetzeeas it is his first Test as head coach since his appointment as successor to Heyneke Meyer.
Strauss, in turn, will become the 57th player to lead out the Springboks as captain on Saturday, with the 30-year old Bulls hooker playing in his 55th Test for his country.
Speaking to media on Friday, Strauss said the Boks had set their site on a good performance in front of the Cape Town crowd. According to the Bok skipper he and his team mates were looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s the start of a new journey for this team, so we definitely want to set down a marker and standard for ourselves,” said Strauss on the SA Rugby site
“Of course the result will always be important, but it’s more about the way we want to play and the way forward.”
Strauss succeeds retired centre Jean de Villiers as skipper and has cautioned his Bok team-mates not to underestimate injury-hit Ireland.
“Every player in world rugby who gets the opportunity to represent his country lifts his game. The Irish are a very proud nation and they will lift their game for sure, so we have to be prepared for that,” explained Strauss.