Siya Kolisi tops list of rugby’s most influential people in 2020

Siya Kolisi tops list of rugby’s most influential people in 2020

- Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has topped the list of most influential people in world rugby

- Rassie Erasmus at number six, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux at 15 and new Bok coach Jacques Nienaber were the other South Africans to make the top 50

- Kolisi is said to share similarities with England skipper Maro Itoje, who was ranked at number three

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Springbok captain Siya Kolisi can't seem to do any wrong at the moment.

Kolisi became the darling of Mzansi after guiding South Africa to the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

The accolades haven't stopped for the Bok skipper, as he has now been named as the most influential person in world rugby for 2020.

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SA Rugby Mag reported that Kolisi was ranked at number one on the list compiled by Rugby World Magazine.

Other South Africans to make the top 50 list included former Bok coach Rassie Erasmus in sixth, SARU CEO Jurie Roux in 15th and new Bok coach Jacques Nienaber in 43rd spot.

England captain Mao Itoje was named third on the list and comparisons have been drawn between him and Kolisi.

Siya Kolisi tops list of rugby’s most influential people in 2020

Siya Kolisi looks to the heavens prior to kick-off Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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Stephen Jones wrote in the magazine: "Here we have two wonderful men, two men who have always transcended the sport itself, because not only are they both spectacularly good players but they know where the sport fits in the general landscape and are clever enough to be influencial away from the rectangle of play."

The two captains could face off against each other in what could be a tantalising tour of South Africa by the British & Irish Lions.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Kolisi is not just a great rugby player but also a culinary whiz.

He showed off his cooking skills in an Instagram video.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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