Siya Kolisi has had the spotlight on him ever since his rise to captaining the Springboks. After the World Cup win, the attention has become global. The attention is also turning to the force behind Kolisi, the strong woman who has been his rock for many years - his wife, Rachel.
While Rachel has been in the media for being a no-nonsense wife, she is also a sweet mother and supportive partner. Briefly.co.za gathered a few interesting facts about the First Lady of rugby.
Rachel Kolisi was born Rachel Smith in Grahamstown on 2 June, 1990. She has two sisters and one brother.
2. Early life
After completing high school, her family moved from Grahamstown to Cape Town where she studied Events Management. She worked as a marketing executive before resigning.
3. Religious affiliation
Rachel identifies as a Christian. She works with various charities and donates what she can, whenever she can.
4. How she met Kolisi
She met Siya through a mutual friend in Stellenbosch. She said that she always knew he was destined for something big, and her prophecy came to be.
5. Kolisi marriage and children
She married Kolisi in 2016 and resigned from her job to become a full-time mother to her children, Nicholas and Keziah. The couple took Siya's younger siblings Liyema and Liphelo into their home after their mother passed on.
Mrs Kolisi is no stranger to controversy and has seen herself fighting trolls online over her husband. She is known to be hot-headed and quick to stop women from flirting with her famous hubby.
She has also had to fight racists who have had issues with their interracial marriage.
7. Social butterfly
Despite the controversies online, Rachel enjoys using social media. She particularly likes Instagram, where she shares adorable pictures of her family.
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