- Siya Kolisi has been named as the captain of the Springboks for the three-match series against England
- The Stormers captain will become the first black player to lead the Springboks and the 61st player to take on the job
- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said he had full confidence in Kolisi’s leadership qualities
Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks against England in a three-match Test series at home which starts next month. Kolisi will become the first black player to captain the Springboks and the 61st person to take on the job.
Kolisi is no stranger to the captaincy armband and already does a more than admirable job of leading the Stormers in Super Rugby.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said on Monday that he had full confidence in Kolisi’s leadership qualities having known the player for many years.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Erasmus announced that Pieter Steph-du Toit would captain the Springboks in the special once-off Test against Wales in Washington D.C.
“It’s a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hardworking men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players,” said Erasmus.
TimesLive.co.za reported that both Kolisi and du Toit would be captaining the Springboks for the first time.
Erasmus took over coaching duties from Alistair Coetzee in April. He announced the squad which would travel to Washington to take part in the historic Test match against Wales.
“I believe both of them will do a good job as captains. My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and must, therefore, work extremely hard with that one goal in mind - to make the Springboks successful again,” added Erasmus.
Kolisi was born in Zwide Township outside of Port Elizabeth and has represented South Africa on 28 occasions.
The squad to face Wales:
Nizaam Carr (loose forward, Stormers, 5, 0)
Dan du Preez (loose forward, Sharks, 3, 0)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock, Stormers, 32, 20 - 4t)
Thomas du Toit (prop, Sharks, uncapped)
Jason Jenkins (lock, Bulls, uncapped)
Steven Kitshoff (prop, Stormers, 23, 5 - 1t)
Wilco Louw (prop, Stormers, 5, 0)
Frans Malherbe (prop, Stormers, 17, 0)
Bongi Mbonambi (hooker, Stormers, 14, 5 - 1t)
Oupa Mohojé (loose forward, Cheetahs 18, 0)
Ox Nche (prop, Cheetahs, uncapped)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward, Stormers, uncapped)
Marvin Orie (lock, Lions, uncapped)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker, Sharks 23, 5 - 1t)
Kwagga Smith (loose forward, Lions, uncapped)
Akker van der Merwe (hooker, Sharks, uncapped)
Curwin Bosch (utility back Sharks, 1, 0)
André Esterhuizen (centre, Sharks, uncapped)
Warrick Gelant (fullback, Bulls, 2, 5 - 1t)
Travis Ismaiel (wing, Bulls, uncapped)
Elton Jantjies (flyhalf, Lions, 23, 203 - 2t, 38c, 39p)
Jesse Kriel (centre, Bulls, 29, 40 - 8t)
Makazole Mapimpi (wing, Sharks, uncapped)
Embrose Papier (scrumhalf, Bulls, uncapped)
Ivan van Zyl (scrumhalf, Bulls, uncapped)
Cameron Wright (scrumhalf, Sharks, uncapped)
We have included some social media reaction to Kolisi's appointment.
Even Wayde van Niekerk couldn't help to get excited by the announcement.
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