Josh Strauss has returned to European rugby, with the former Scotland No.8 signing on as medical joker at Oyonnax.


Now 34, Strauss still cuts an imposing figure at 6’4 and 114kg, and replaces fellow Scottish international Luke Hamilton in the squad.

The Bulls confirmed that Strauss had left the franchise back in June, insisting his departure from Loftus Versfeld was by “mutual consent”.

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James Lowe’s journey to Ireland via the Maori All Blacks:

Capped 24 times by Scotland, Strauss in fact started his career in France with Lons le Saunier during the 2007 – 2008 season.

In 2008, he left to play for the Lions club in South Africa until 2012 before heading to PRO14 side Glasgow in 2012. The big forward showcased much of his barnstorming best rugby in Glasgow colours, and was a particular favourite of the Warriors supporters, some of whom feel his colossal carrying has never quite been replaced.

Strauss joined Sale Sharks in the summer of 2017. The South African born Number 8 made 46 appearances in all competitions during his time at the club, scoring five tries in total.

In 2019, the big number 8 joined South African Super Rugby franchise the Blue Bulls.


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