‘This is one of the proudest moments of my career’

Newly appointed Bok captain Adriaan Strauss says he is thrilled by today’s announcement.

Thirty-year-old Adriaan Strauss has been named captain of the South African Rugby team, on 30 May 2016. Picture: Twitter: South African Rugby @Springbok

JOHANNESBURG - Adriaan Strauss has called his appointment as the new Springbok captain one of the proudest moments of his career.

The 30-year-old will lead South Africa for the upcoming test series against Ireland, starting with the first game on 11 June at Newlands.

Allister Coetzee named Adriaan Strauss as his first captain since he took over the role in April.

The Bulls skipper has previously been a vice-captain and currently captains the Bulls in Super Rugby.

He becomes the 57th player to lead the Springboks and at the press conference to announce his appointment revealed who he told first of his appointment.

Strauss says his family is thrilled.

"The first people I called is my wife and my daughter. They were very excited. Then I called my mother. They were very excited and happy."

Coetzee said the choice was in the end an easy one for him and he'll head up a strong core of already established leaders in the squad.

His first assignment is against Ireland. It will be a clash of the Strauss's, as he is likely to come up against his cousin, Richardt.

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