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Siya Kolisi Reacts to Retirement Rumours After Leading Springboks to 2023 Rugby World Cup Title
- Siya Kokisi has stated that he hopes to lead South Africa to yet another Rugby World Cup campaign
- The 32-year-old has debunked rumours that he is already considering a retirement from the sport
- He has set his sights on the 2027 edition in Australia and hopes he could have the captain armband again
Impressive Rugby star Siya Kolisi has reacted to rumours that he could retire soon, having helped the Springboks to the 2023 Rugby World Cup title.
South Africa defeated New Zealand in a pulsating encounter in Paris, which ended 12-11 in Paris on Saturday night.
Kolisi stated that he is ready to lead the team to a third World Cup campaign in Australia in 2027.
The 32-year-old, who is expected to return to France to help Racing 92 in their Top 14 campaign, said he is not considering retirement now.
He said via The South African:
“Personally, nothing will change. I will still be available for selection. I really want to play.”
Although he also indicated his interest in captaining the team for the tournament in four years, he admitted that the decision is left for the coaches to make.
“About being captain … I don’t know. I’m not the coach. What matters to me the most is putting on the Springbok jersey. Being captain is not the most important thing.
“If I said to you I dreamt of being the Springbok captain I would be lying to you.”
He admitted that the 2023 World Cup campaign was totally different and said he is looking forward to new challenges.
Kolisi added that he and other team members have always been motivated to deliver for the fans and for the next generation of Springbok heroes.
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Sports Brief earlier reported that the Springboks received a heartwarming homecoming in Pretoria on Thursday, as thousands of South African rugby fans hit the streets to watch the team's open-top bus parade after their 2023 Rugby World Cup victory in Paris.
The defending champions edged past rivals, New Zealand, 12-11 in the final a few days ago to clinch the title for a record fourth time.
The win over the All Blacks at Stade de France saw the Springboks equal a record as back-to-back winners of the Webb Ellis Trophy and also become the competition's most successful nation.