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Strauss to have heart operation

  • 08 Oct 2013
Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss against the Springboks last year Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss against the Springboks last year

Leinster and Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss will undergo surgery this week to correct a heart problem.

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor told the Irish Independent that Strauss, who has won four Test caps for Ireland, was in for 'some routine tests and in that process they found out he had a small hole in his heart. It has been there since birth. That needs a fairly minor procedure to repair that.'

Strauss's Leinster and Ireland team-mate Brian O'Driscoll stressed that the player's health remained paramount rather than his future in the game.

'I was talking to Straussy today and I guess I didn't realise the seriousness of his situation,' said O'Driscoll. 'Talking to him, no longer is it a rugby issue, it's a health issue. The precautions that have been taken now and the plan that's been put into effect is all to look after him from a health point of view, not a rugby point of view. That's the way we have to look at things. That's what's important.'

Leinster will now begin an immediate search for a replacement hooker, although they remain hopeful that Strauss, cousin of Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss, will be able to make a successful recovery and be in a position to play again next season.

Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP Photo

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