- Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has been heavily linked to a possible move to the English Premier League after the 2019 Rugby World Cup
- Two separate reports indicate Kolisi is on the radar of English giants Saracens and Wasps
- If true, Kolisi would join fellow Springboks Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and numerous other South African players who ply their trade in England
Springbok and Western Cape Stormers Captain Siya Kolisi has been heavily linked with a possible move to the English Premier League after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is completed. Two separate reports have lent some credibility to the rumour.
According to the rumour mill/speculation express Kolisi is on the radar of several English clubs which include current English champions Saracens as-well-as the Wasps, Bath and Sale Sharks.
If the rumours/speculation prove true, Kolisi will join fellow Springbok teammates Willie le Roux and Faf de Klerk as well as numerous other South African players such as Schalk Burger who have chosen to ply their trade in England.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the rumour first made the rounds in a report by Rugby Inside Line and was repeated by Rugby Pass, a popular rugby podcast independently.
Sport24.com reported that former England flyhalf Andy Goode did not put much stock into the rumours. Goode pointed out that Kolisi had become something of an icon in South Africa and both he and SA Rugby would be loath to see such a popular captain playing overseas.
Goode said SA Rugby would want to use Kolisi’s popularity to expand the reach of the game and to attract new players, sponsors and viewership.
Goode said he did not believe Kolisi would be willing to relinquish the captaincy of the Springboks for a move to England and it seems unlikely that SA Rugby would be willing to let the national captain play overseas.
Kolisi made history earlier this year when he became the first black South African to captain the Springboks. He has been virtually assured (injury concerns aside) by coach Rassie Erasmus of captaining the Springboks during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
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