Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi to Be Honoured by Former High School With Renaming of Main Field in His Honour

Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi to Be Honoured by Former High School With Renaming of Main Field in His Honour

  • Springboks Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi will be honoured in a most remarkable way by his alma mater Grey High School
  • The Gqeberha school will be renamed in his honour in recognition of what he did for the school as well his legendary exploits after leaving
  • The event will happen this weekend when Grey takes on Eastern Cape rivals Queen's College in a first school reunion since 2019

Siya Kolisi is to be bestowed with yet another honour in his name.

His alma mater Grey High School will rename the main rugby field the 'Kolisi Field' this weekend when the Gqeberha-based school locks horns with Eastern Cape rivals Queen's College. This is in recognition of his services to the school, as well as his achievements since matriculating in 2009.

According to East Coast Radio, the announcement was made during the school's Founder's Weekend reunion recently. The Sharks player led the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory in 2019, as well as conquering the British and Irish last year.

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Grey PE rector explained to Sport 24 why the ground was renamed from the Phillip Field, saying:

“There was huge support for the move and the first time we spoke to Siya about it was in 2018 when we were looking to change the name of the field, even before the World Cup. The World Cup gave the name change even more momentum.
We consulted all the parties involved, including the Philip family. “Mr Philip contributed the money for the flattening of the field. We wouldn’t have had the field without them. It would have been wrong to change the name of the field without consulting the family – and the family was supportive of the decision to change the name of the field"

All of this comes hot on the heels of the aformentioned Queen's College also honouring a former student in ex-Springbok player Kaya Malotana.

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As reported by Sport 24, the school renamed the main field's grandstand after him, acknowledging his contribution to the institution, and his exploits in the colours of South Africa, Border and the Lions.

World Cup winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi launches campaign to develop promising rugby players

Siya Kolisi, the now-iconic Rugby World Cup-winning captain, has achieved what many get dream to just get a 1/10th of.

However, as reported on Sports Brief, he is even more renowned for giving back to the game that made him the world household name that he is today.

The Kolisi Foundation and Red Bulls Roots have joined forces in a partnership aimed at building the next generation of young rugby players with a clinic to help up-skill and empower them.

Source: SportsBrief.com