Strauss answers Ireland’s call

Former Free State hooker Richardt Strauss has been included in Ireland’s squad for their November Tests.

The 26-year-old could come up against his cousin, Springbok hooker Adriaan, on 10 November at Lansdowne Road.

Strauss, who is featured in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, has earned rave reviews for Leinster since arriving in Dublin in 2009. He was brought in as a ‘project player’, a handy loophole that allows non-Irish players to represent local sides with the proviso that they will be eligible for Ireland down the line.

Other South Africans who could follow in Strauss’s footsteps are loose forward CJ Stander (Munster), lock Quinn Roux (Leinster) and wing Danie Poolman (Connacht).

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