Tiaan Strauss

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Tiaan Strauss
Birth nameChristiaan Petrus Strauss
Date of birth (1965-06-28) 28 June 1965 (age 55)
Place of birth Upington, Northern Cape
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight16 st 5 lb (104 kg; 229 lb)
SchoolUpington High School, Upington
University Stellenbosch University
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
1996–97 Cronulla Sharks 14 (4)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Flank
Provincial / State sides
1986–95 Western Province 156 ()
1998–2000 NSW Waratahs 36 ()
National team(s)
1992–94 South Africa 15 (20)
1999 Australia 11 (20)

Christiaan Petrus 'Tiaan' Strauss, (born 28 June 1965) is a former rugby union and rugby league footballer who represented both South Africa and Australia at international level in rugby union and also played top-level domestic rugby league in Australia. [1] He won the 1999 Rugby World Cup with Australia and the Currie Cup with Western Province.



Born in the Northern Cape town of Upington, Strauss attended the University of Stellenbosch, where he obtained his law degree in 1990. He made his senior provincial debut for Western Province in 1986 against North Eastern Cape and scored a try on debut. [2] At the end of the 1986 provincial season he formed the Western Province back row with Gert Smal and Deon Lotter, that played a major role in Western Province's Currie Cup victory. [3]

Strauss made his test debut for the Springboks during the 1992 tour of Britain and France, as Number 8 against France at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon. He went on to won 15 caps for the Springboks between 1992 and 1994, scoring 4 tries and captaining them on one occasion. [4] He also made a record 156 appearances for Western Province during the team's golden period before he moved to Australia.

In Australia he played two seasons of rugby league with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before switching back to rugby union for New South Wales. He was selected for Australia a total of 11 times, scoring a hat trick against Ireland on his debut. All but two of his caps were from the bench. He did make a capable replacement for Toutai Kefu in the 1999 World Cup Quarter Final in Cardiff when the former was banned but it turned out to be his last cap.

Strauss returned to South Africa and settled with his family.

Rugby union test history

Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
No.OppositionResult (SA 1st)PositionTriesDateVenue
1.Flag of France.svg  France 20–15 Number 8 17 October 1992 Stade de Gerland, Lyon
2. Flag of France.svg France16–29Number 824 October 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris
3.Flag of England.svg  England 16–33 Flank 114 November 1992 Twickenham, London
4. Flag of France.svg France20–20Flank26 June 1993 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
5. Flag of France.svg France17–18Number 83 July 1993 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
6.Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 19–12Number 831 July 1993 Aussie Stadium (SFG), Sydney
7. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia20–28Number 814 August 1993 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
8. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia12–19Number 821 August 1993Aussie Stadium (SFG), Sydney
9.Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 29–26Number 86 November 1993 Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires
10. Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina52–23Number 8213 November 1993Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires
11. Flag of England.svg England15–32Number 84 June 1994 Loftus Versveld, Pretoria
12.Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 14–22Flank (c)9 July 1994 Carisbrook, Dunedin
13. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand9–13Flank23 July 1994 Athletic Park, Wellington
14. Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina42–22Number 818 October 1994 Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
15. Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina46–26Number 815 October 1994Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
No.OppositionResult (Aus 1st)PositionTriesDateVenue
1.IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 46–11Substitute312 June 1999 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
2. IRFU flag.svg Ireland32–26Substitute19 June 1999 Subiaco Oval, Perth
3.Flag of England.svg  England 16–33Substitute26 June 1999 Stadium Australia, Sydney
4.Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 32–6Substitute17 July 1999 Lang Park, Brisbane
5.Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 15–34 Number 8 24 July 1999 Eden Park, Auckland
6. Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa10–9Substitute14 August 1999 Newlands, Cape Town
7. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand28–7Substitute28 August 1999Stadium Australia, Sydney
8.Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 57–9Substitute3 October 1999 Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast
9. IRFU flag.svg Ireland23–3Substitute10 October 1999 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
10.Flag of the United States.svg  United States 55–19 Flank 114 October 1999 Thomond Park, Limerick
11.Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 24–9Number 814 October 1999 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Francois Pienaar
Springbok Captain
Succeeded by
Adriaan Richter