Josh Strauss made his debut in the Scotland jersey in the opening Rugby World Cup 2015 match against Japan in Gloucester, having qualified to play for Scotland through residency.
He went on to feature in Scotland's subsequent Pool B matches, featuring in all five games - including the wins over Japan, USA and Samoa; as well as the quarter-final defeat to Australia.
He made three appearances in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations, including a start in the nation’s home win over France.
Through the ranks...
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 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. He skippered his men to victory in the 2011 edition of the latter competition, winning cult status with supporters.
A powerful athlete and leader, Strauss was one of the most exciting signings at Glasgow Warriors and has established himself as a popular figure with supporters both through his rambunctious style of play and distinctive full-length beard.
Date of birth: 23/10/86
Scotland Debut: September 2015
Place of birth: Bellville, South Africa
2017 to present
Italy (replacement), Ireland, France, Wales, England (replacement)
Fiji (replacement), South Africa (replacement), Argentina
Ireland, France, Italy, Australia, Fiji
Italy (replacement), France, Ireland (replacement), Japan
Japan (replacement), USA, South Africa, Samoa (replacement), USA (replacement)