Strauss looking for consistency as World Cup looms
24 August 2014 13:45
Scotland coach Vern Cotter will have a decision to make on Josh Strauss just before the World Cup
Josh Strauss has a Scotland call-up in the back of his mind but the Glasgow Warriors back-row admits he must build on an impressive first two seasons in the country to catch Vern Cotter's attention in time for the World Cup.
Strauss, 27, made the move from South Africa in 2012 and will be eligible to play under Cotter on September 19, 2015 - four days before Scotland's opening World Cup match.
That means he will have to bide his time through the 2015 RBS 6 Nations, as Scotland look to improve on their second-from-bottom finish earlier this year.
And though a year is a long time in any sport, Strauss insists he can keep the momentum all the way through to next September with the Warriors.
"If I was to be selected [for Scotland] it would be very important to have a good season, but everyone wants to have that anyway," Strauss told the Glasgow Herald.
"For now, my focus is on staying healthy because it's going to be a long season, so organising things and looking after myself is important. I want to put in consistent performances for Glasgow."
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.