Richardt Strauss (born 28 January 1986 in Pretoria, South Africa ) is a South African born Irish rugby union player for Leinster Rugby and Ireland. Strauss' choice of position is Hooker.
Strauss attended Grey College, Bloemfontein. He won the Under 19 Rugby World Championship in 2005 with South Africa. He played for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup, former club of other past and present Leinster players, Ollie Le Roux and CJ van der Linde. He scored 14 tries in 54 appearances for the Free State Cheetahs, winning the 2006 Currie Cup in the process. In 2007, Strauss joined the Cheetahs in the Super 14 playing in 36 games and scoring 1 try.
Strauss stayed with the Central Cheetahs until 2009 when he signed a contract with Heineken Cup champions Leinster Rugby. Strauss made his first appearance for Leinster as a substitute in their Celtic League victory over the Scarlets. Strauss played in his second game a week later as a substitute in Leinster's Celtic League win over the Cardiff Blues.
Since then, his Leinster career has gone from strength, racking up a total of 35 appearances – including 9 in the Heineken Cup – culminating in Leinster's 2nd Heineken Cup victory against Northampton Saints on 21 May 2011. By this stage, Strauss had established himself as a firm fan favourite and his barn-storming loose displays and solid set-piece played an integral part in Leinster's triumph.
In October 2013, Strauss was diagnosed with a heart condition that required surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the 2013–14 season. However,he made a surprising early return in Leinster's Heineken Cup Round 6 pool match against the Ospreys on 17 January 2014.
Strauss has never been capped at senior level by the Springboks. Strauss is an Irish citizen. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) initially sanctioned Leinster's signing of Strauss as a so-called "project player" meaning that he could be developed into a future Irish international. In February 2012 however, he attended training sessions for the Irish rugby team in the run up to the postponed test match against France. Speculation was ended however when Strauss was named in the Ireland squad in October 2012 for the November internationals against South Africa, Argentina and Fiji. Strauss has now become eligible to play for Ireland, and was named in the Irish team to play against his native South Africa on 10 November 2012, where he faced off in the front row against his cousin Adriaan Strauss.
Strauss made his second appearance for Ireland on 24 November 2012 against Argentina scoring his first ever international try in the process. Strauss' brother Andries has played in a non-cap international for the Springboks against the Barbarians.
Strauss was included in the Irish 2015 Rugby World Cup squad on 31 August 2015 and acquired Irish citizenship two days later on 2 September 2015, during the same citizenship ceremony as Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.