Siya Kolisi: South Africa's Rugby World Cup Winning Captain Watches NBA Game Between Nets and Magic

Siya Kolisi: South Africa's Rugby World Cup Winning Captain Watches NBA Game Between Nets and Magic

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Siya Kolisi was at the Barclays Centre to watch the Brooklyn Nets
  • The South African Rugby captain is on holiday in the United States
  • Kolisi led South Africa to World Cup success after beating New Zealand

Siya Kolisi is enjoying his time off in the United States after leading South Africa to the 2023 Rugby World Cup triumph.

Kolisi played a pivotal role as the Springboks defeated New Zealand in the final to win the World Cup for the fourth time last month.

Having returned home after their success, Kolisi and his family travelled to the United States for vacation.

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Siya Kolisi and Mikal Bridges of the Brooklyn Nets exchanging jerseys. Credit: @BrooklynNets Getty Images
Source: Twitter

During his time in New York, The Rugby star visited the Barclays Centre to watch the NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, which the Nets won.

In photos shared on social media, Kolisi is seen exchanging jerseys with Nets star Mikal Bridges.

“A day well spent at The Garden. We went to watch an NBA game, and only a few hours later went back into the same venue to watch an ice hockey game. Amazing how fast it’s all transformed,” Rachel Kolisi, the wife of the Rigby player, wrote on her Instagram account.

Kolisi also watched the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The Springboks captain believes their World Cup success will unite the Rainbow nation.

"People not from South Africa don't understand what it means for our country," Kolisi told the BBC.
"It is not just about the game. Our country goes through such a lot. We are just grateful that we can be here. I want to tell the people of South Africa, 'thank you so much'.
"This team just shows what you can do. As soon as we work together, all is possible, no matter in what sphere.
"In the field or in offices, it shows what we can do. I am grateful for this team. I am so proud of it."

World Cup trophy safe after burglary at SA rugby offices

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the administrative home of Springbok Rugby was burgled in the early hours of November 13.

Several men reportedly gained access to the building and removed multiple valuables, except the items that mattered most.

The unwanted visitors were able to rummage through the lower floors of the building, but the Webb Ellis Cup and other trophies are said to be kept safe on the upper floors.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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