Bulls Hooker Adriaan Strauss has been named the 57th Springbok captain for the upcoming series against Ireland, starting 11 June in Cape Town.
Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the Boks are preparing for the first Test.
The popular Strauss hooker follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.
Coetzee said he decided to appoint the captain before the first training session.
“Adriaan’s leadership qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.
“He enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures.