Josh Strauss signed for Glasgow Warriors in September 2012 after winning rave reviews as captain of the Lions in Super XV and Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.
Strauss skippered his men to victory in the 2011 edition of the latter competition, winning cult status with supporters.
His peers named him Currie Cup Player of the Tournament for a series of outstanding displays, characterised by impressive ball-carrying and a high-octane approach to his duties at the base of the scrum - something he has brought with him to Scotland's biggest city.
A powerful athlete and leader, Strauss is one of the most exciting signings in the history of the Warriors, and has committed to the Scotstoun club until at least the end of May 2015.
Strauss represented Boland on the Western Cape at under-19 and under-21 level before spending a year in France with Lons-le-Saunier.
He made his Currie Cup debut in 2010, and impressed to the extent that he was handed both the Currie Cup and Super XV captaincy in 2011.
Strauss quickly established himself as a cult figure with supporters both through his rambunctious style of play and distinctive full-length beard.