Siya Kolisi is our Man Crush Monday and it's clear why. The hunky rugby player led his team to victory in the #RWC2019 and he's an inspiration both on and off the field.
On Saturday, Siya Kolisi lifted the cup at the #RWC2019 after the Springboks beat England in the tournament's final.
Kolisi, who gave an outstanding performance in the final, understandably started trending on social media and the hype around the Bok captain is yet to die down.
Briefly.co.za named Kolisi our #MCM and decided to gather five quick facts about his life and career to honour him.
1. Early life
Siya Kolisi was born on 16 June, 1991 to a 16-year-old mother, Phakama, and father Fezakele - who was in matric at the time.
When Kolisi was only 15, his mother passed away and his grandmother, Nolulamile, continued to raise him.
The 28-year-old grew up in Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth.
2. Start of his career
Kolisi was only 12 years old when he first impressed scouts and was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Grey High School, Wikipedia reported.
From 2007 to 2009, Kolisi was part of the Eastern Province Kings youth set-up and he represented South Africa in the under-18 rugby union team for two consecutive years. Kolisi later made a move to join the Western Province.
In 2016, Siya Kolisi married Rachel Smith - a former marketing executive. The couple has two biological children together - Nicholas Siyamthanda who was born in 2015 and two-year-old daughter, Keziah.
Kolisi and Rachel are also looking after his half-siblings, Liyema and Liphelo, who were left orphaned after his mother passed away in 2009.
4. Making history
Kolisi made history when he became the first black South African to captain the Springboks. Kolisi is the third Bok captain to lead his team into victory at the Rugby World Cup and the first black captain of a winning team.
5. Faith in God
Kolisi is Christian and he has been very open about his faith. He even wore an armed band with "Jesus" written on it during the final #RWC2019 match against England.
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