Strauss named Springboks captain

by AAP

South Africa named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for next month's three-Test home rugby series against Ireland.

The 30-year-old Bulls Super Rugby skipper Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain, taking over from Jean de Villiers who retired after last year's Rugby World Cup.

"Adriaan has always fulfilled a leadership role, wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures," said new coach Allister Coetzee who named a new-look squad on Saturday.

"He has shared the vice-captaincy role with Bismarck du Plessis for the Springboks and is also a former Cheetahs skipper and current Bulls captain."

Strauss has played 54 Tests since making his debut in 2008 and now looks to have claimed the regular hooker's berth from du Plessis, the player he has shared the No.2 jersey with since the retirement of former captain John Smit in 2011.

"I am very grateful to the coach for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility," Strauss said.

"I am incredibly humbled by this huge honour and also excited about the role."

Coetzee named nine uncapped players in the squad on Saturday.

Strauss and Coetzee start a new era when South Africa host Ireland in Cape Town on June 11 before further tests in Johannesburg (18th) and Port Elizabeth (25th).