- At 16 years old Siya Kolisi was watching the Rugby World Cup final in a tavern as he did not have a television at home
- In 2018 Siya Kolisi became the first-ever black Springboks captain
- He then led the South African national rugby team to be Rugby World Cup champions in 2019
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s road to superstardom was not at all smooth sailing as the 29-year-old rugby player had to start from the bottom to get to where he is. Through hard work and perseverance, he became the first-ever black captain of the South African rugby national team, instantly making him a role model for many young black and upcoming rugby players.
Twelve years ago at the age of 16, Siya Kolisi watched the Rugby World Cup final in a tavern because he did not have a television at home but little did he know that he would eventually lift the trophy as South Africa’s captain.
Kolisi grew up in the township of Zwide in the Eastern Cape and started playing rugby when he was 7-years-old. When he was 12 years old, he caught the attention of scouts with his tremendous talent at a youth tournament in Mossel Bay and was offered a full scholarship at Grey Junior in Port Elizabeth.
Kolisi told World Rugby:
“When I received the opportunity from Grey I took it with both hands and this is something I wish for every kid in the township.”
His professional career then started to kick-off and he made his debut for Western Province in 2011. He then made it to the Stormers and became captain in 2017.
In 2018, Kolisi was made captain of the Springboks. This was a game-changer in South African rugby and former Springbok player Bryan Habana noted this as “a monumental moment for South African rugby and a moment in South African history.”
Now, Siya Kolisi is a beacon of hope to many young South Africans who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We have so many problems in our country, but to come from different backgrounds and come together with one goal, we can achieve anything if we work together as one,” he said after winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Rachel and Siya Kolisi recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary.
The young couple recently, and very publicly, celebrated their their special day via social media. First with sweet messages, and then adorable pictures and videos and lastly with a lovely family dinner at an upmarket Cape Town hotel.
Thousands of fans reacted to the couple's sweet anniversary dedications to each other with congratulatory messages and words of encouragement.
"Happy Anniversary Guy"
"I love you guys."
"So Beautiful and special."
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