The bearded wonder, who has no more beard, has stepped down as captain of the Lions.
Sport24.com reports that Josh Strauss will concentrate on his own game, stating that the pressure of Super Rugby and the strained relationship between the team and head coach John Mitchell is too much for him to handle.
Strauss was quoted as saying that he is not happy with his own form, and wants to focus on playing at blindside flank, a move he believes, will boost his career.
The Lions take on the Bulls in a pre-Currie Cup friendly encounter, where Strauss has been selected in the blindside flank role. The captaincy has been handed to prop JC Janse van Rensburg on a temporary basis.
This is a further dent in the Lions’ title defence, as coach John Mitchell is still out of action, as results of his hearing are yet to be released. In the interim, Johan Ackermann has been coaching the side, with the help of Carlos Spencer, as the team start their Currie Cup campaign in just over a week.
The teams to take on each other in the friendly:
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Patric Cilliers, 19 Ruan Dreyer, 20 JC Wasserman, 21 Cobus Grobbelaar, 22 Warren Whiteley, 23 Willie Britz, 24 Ross Cronje, 25 Guy Cronje, 26 Justin St Jerry, 27 Chrysander Botha, 28 JR Esterhuizen, 29 Richard Aingworth, 30 Whestley Moolman, 31 Grant Janke.
Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Substitutes 16 Morné Mellett, 17 Robbie Coetzee, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Grant Hattingh, 21 Warwick Tecklenburg, 22 Wiaan Liebenberg, 23 Ruan Snyman, 24 Lionel Cronjé, 25 Adri Jacobs, 26 Jerome Pretorius.Tweet