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Fri Apr 18 07:48:31 SAST 2014

Josh leaves Lions for Scotland

Craig Ray | 11 September, 2012 12:240 Comments
Josh Strauss of the Lions during the Currie Cup match against Western Province at Ellis Park on August 25, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

THE number of players leaving the Golden Lions Rugby Union has intensified from a trickle to a steady stream, with the news that former captain Josh Strauss would depart in the next two weeks.

The union announced yesterday that Strauss had agreed to terms with Scottish club Glasgow Warriors and that his wish to leave early had been granted.

The 25-year-old, who was voted Currie Cup Player of the Year in 2011, has consistently been overlooked by the Springbok selectors and decided to further his career abroad. With an uncertain future for the Lions it was an easy decision.

"I can't wait to get on that plane and hit the ground running," Strauss said.

"There are a lot of top players in the squad, especially in the back row, and I know I will have to fight hard to prove my worth and earn selection."

Strauss has signed a three-year deal and could qualify to play for Scotland at the 2015 World Cup. It's definitely an incentive that has helped his decision.

"We are pleased that we could come to an agreement with Josh and Glasgow Warriors which will allow Josh to fulfil his desire to play rugby in Europe for an extended period," Golden Lions Rugby Union president Kevin de Klerk said.

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