Strauss needs heart operation

RUGBY UNION: Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss requires surgery on a heart condition, club side Leinster have confirmed, and will miss the rest of the season. The 27-year-old, born in South Africa, has been capped four times by Ireland since making his debut last year after being allowed to switch allegiances having lived in the country for three years. Strauss is expected to make a full recovery.