While it should have been a year to remember for Adriaan Strauss, it had turned out to be a tough old year for the Bulls hooker.
Adriaan had been given the honor when he was appointed by Allister Coetzee as Springboks captain back then in June.
And while it was a dream come true for Strauss as any other player would have seen it, the months so far have not gone easy on him or any other person in the team.
And coming at a very shocking time, 31 year old Strauss had announced during the Rugby Championship this year that he would be retiring from International Rugby when the year comes to an end.
For Coetzee, in addition to all of his troubles, he would need to find a replacement for the outgoing captain in preparations for the season next season, that is, if he still has a job by then.
This 2016 has seen the Boks win only four Tests out of 12 under the duo, but the coach insists that he harbors no regrets over his decision to give Strauss the skipper role.
Coetzee was quoted saying,
“If you look at the Super Rugby franchises and the leaders there, I think Adriaan Strauss at that time was the guy that was 100% sure of his position and the most experienced hooker and player that had come through the systems,”
“Therefore I made that call. In hindsight, it was still the right call that I made.”
Strauss has also reiterated that his decision to retire from international duty still stands, and he would not be going back on it which means that his final game for Springboks was Saturday’s 27-13 defeat by Wales, which equally was his 66th.