Siya Kolisi – first black Springbok rugby captain

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#Realmenatwork Siya and Rassie (Photo: SA Rugbymag.)

 

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N Springbok captain Siya Kolisi leads the team before their first training session in Johannesburg yesterday. The 26-year-old Kolisi is the 61st Springbok captain and the right man for the job, coach Rassie Erasmus says.

Siya Kolisi’s appointment as Springbok captain was not politcally motivated, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus stressed yesterday. The Stormers flanker is set to became the first black Springbok Test captain after he was named to lead the Boks in their three upcoming home Tests against England, while lock Pieter-Steph du Toit will skipper a weakened side in the season-opening one-off Test against Wales in Washington DC this weekend.

“I coached Siya since he was 18 when I got him from the Eastern Cape to join the Stormers. I coached him right through his academy years until he started playing for the Stormers,” said Erasmus yesterday. “I know what he can do. I know his qualities. He has grown as a man and as a captain.