Excitement Builds for Screening of 'Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story'

Excitement Builds for Screening of 'Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story'

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM
  • Springbok captain Siya Kolisi's inspirational story is coming to a small screen near you
  • 'Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story' is an enduring look at his rise to a Rugby World Cup winner
  • The documentary is a collaboration between SuperSport and Kolisi through Roc Nation

The stories that have been inspired by the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok team continue to grace our screens.

It started with Chasing The Sun, then went into Two Sides, before MAP1MP1 and Rassie: The Official Film. Now rugby enthusiasts can look forward to Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story.

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Springbok captain Siya Kolisi during a parade after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Image source: Getty Images.
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SuperSport has collaborated with Kolisi and Roc Nation Sports International - his representative agency - to bring the 31-year-old's amazing journey to the screen.

Kolisi said about the documentary:

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“I wanted to showcase South Africa because it’s such a beautiful country, but I also wanted to authentically show viewers what the township looks like and how more people need to come and invest in these areas. For me, some of my best memories are from the township, and it’s the people in my community who motivate me every day."

The Springbok captain described having the platform to hopefully change the narrative for children of similar circumstances.

"...At the same time, the biggest thing for me is to change the mindset while they’re still living in tough conditions.”

It will premiere in Zwide Township where Kolisi was brought up, before the official airing is communicated at a later date.

Elsewhere, EWN reported that Kolisi would depart from the Sharks after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, to join Racing 92.

'MAP1MP1' inspires South Africans

From having to fashion a rugby ball out of plastic grocery bags as a child, to eventually lifting rugby's most coveted prize in 2019, Makazole Mapimpi’s story is inspiring.

The documentary 'MAP1MP1' first aired last March on SuperSport and is narrated by award-winning sports journalist, Sibusiso Mjekeliso.

It provides the viewer with a look into the unique dynamics of poverty, limited opportunities, and the indomitable human spirit through the eyes of a South African hero.

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