South African centre Andries Strauss signs for Edinburgh
Last Updated: 05/01/14 4:11pm
Andries Strauss during this summer's Super Rugby competition
South African Andries Strauss has joined top Scottish club Edinburgh on a two-and-a-half year contract.
The 29-year-old centre arrives in the northern hemisphere having made 56 career appearances in Super Rugby with the Cheetas, Sharks and Southern Kings.
Strauss will remain in the Scotland capital until the summer of 2016, joining-up with head coach Alan Solomons who was also his boss at Southern Kings.
The two-time Currie Cup winner and Super Rugby semi-finalist has also represented South Africa at sevens level, while making his only Springboks' appearance against the Barbarians in 2010.
Subject to a medical, Strauss - whose brother Richardt plays for Leinster and Ireland - will train with his team-mates on Monday.
Strauss said: "I'm very excited to be here. I said during the World Sevens series that, if there was a city in the UK that I'd like to play rugby in, then it would be Edinburgh.
"So, I'm very happy to get this chance in one of the best cities in the world.
"I've spoken a lot to my brother Richardt about the strength of the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup, and how they compare to Super Rugby, so it's a massive opportunity for me to experience a different side of the rugby world.
"Hopefully my experience in the southern hemisphere will benefit me when playing here."
Solomons added: "Strauss is a very mature player with a lot of Super Rugby and Currie Cup experience. He did a fantastic job as captain of the Kings.
"He's a big boy, is genetically strong and his conditioning is superb. He's a natural athlete and will make a valuable contribution to Edinburgh both in terms of playing and leadership.
"It's fantastic that he joins us now because he is immediately available."