Tiaan Strauss
Full names: Christiaan Petrus
Date of birth: 28 Jun 1965
Place of birth: Upington
School: Upington
Springbok no: 579
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.87m, 103.9kg
Current age: 58

Test summary: Tests: 15 Tries: 4
First Test: 17 Oct 1992 Age:27 Eighthman against France at Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Last Test: 15 Oct 1994 Age:29 Eighthman against Argentina at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
17 Oct 199227EighthmanFranceWin: 20-15 Stade de Gerland, LyonWP
24 Oct 199227EighthmanFranceLose: 16-29 Parc des Princes, ParisWP
14 Nov 199227FlankEnglandLose: 16-331 tryTwickenham, LondonWP
26 Jun 199327EighthmanFranceDraw: 20-20 Kingspark, DurbanWP
03 Jul 199328EighthmanFranceLose: 17-18 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
31 Jul 199328EighthmanAustraliaWin: 19-12 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyWP
14 Aug 199328EighthmanAustraliaLose: 20-28 Ballymore, BrisbaneWP
21 Aug 199328EighthmanAustraliaLose: 12-19 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyWP
06 Nov 199328EighthmanArgentinaWin: 29-26 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
13 Nov 199328EighthmanArgentinaWin: 52-232 triesFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
04 Jun 199428EighthmanEnglandLose: 15-32 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
09 Jul 199429Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 14-22 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
23 Jul 199429FlankNew ZealandLose: 9-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
08 Oct 199429EighthmanArgentinaWin: 42-221 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
15 Oct 199429EighthmanArgentinaWin: 46-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP

Tiaan Strauss

He won 14 caps for the Springboks between 1992 and 1994, scoring four ties and even captaining them on occasion. He also played a record 156 matches for Western Province during Western Province's golden period before he moved permanently to Australia.

Besides representing both South Africa and Australia at international level in rugby union, Strauss also played top-level domestic rugby league in Australia.

In Australia he played two seasons with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before switching back to rugby union for New South Wales. He was selected for the Wallabies a total of 11 times, scoring a hat-trick against Ireland on 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.