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Strauss named Bulls Super Rugby captain for 2016

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Pretoria based Super Rugby franchise the Bulls have named Springbok hooker
Adriaan Strauss as the team’s Super Rugby captain for the 2016 season.

The Bulls have also confirmed that Springbok flyhalf Handre 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 Toyota 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. 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,”
Marais explained.

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

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

“Handre is a natural leader of men and one that leads from the
front. 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
Handre 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
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. I have learned vaulable 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,” Strauss said.

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