Siya Kolisi: Springboks Captain Speaks on Career Dedication and Commitment to Making Social Impact

Siya Kolisi: Springboks Captain Speaks on Career Dedication and Commitment to Making Social Impact

Robert Abong'o
updated at January 31, 2024 at 3:39 PM
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  • Siya Kolisi remains dedicated to continuing his journey with the Springboks
  • Kolisi is celebrated for winning back-to-back World Cups as captain of South Africa
  • The player envisions a future dedicated to empowerment using his foundation

Siya Kolisi is celebrated for securing back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories for South Africa.

Currently plying his trade with Racing 92 in Paris, France, the dynamic captain remains focused on continuing his journey with the Springboks.

He also aims to leverage his influence for meaningful change beyond the rugby world.

Siya Kolisi is cimmitted to playing for the Springboks. Photos: Bob Bradford and Sydney Seshibedi.
Siya Kolisi remains dedicated the Springboks. Photos: Bob Bradford and Sydney Seshibedi.
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Despite international opportunities vying for his attention, Kolisi's allegiance remains with the 'green and gold'.

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"Putting on that Springbok jersey again is all that's in my head right now," Kolisis is quoted by The South African.

The upcoming clash against Ireland at Loftus Versfeld fuels Kolisi's competitive spirit, dispelling any notion that his Springbok story is nearing its conclusion.

Looking beyond his playing career, Kolisi envisions a future dedicated to empowerment, using his foundation as a launchpad.

Kolisi's heart lies in championing the under-represented, particularly in making an impact in women's sports. He advocates for bigger support from male players, addressing the disparities in resources and recognition.

He attributed the 2023 World Cup victory success to coach Rassie Erasmus, praising the establishment of a culture of unity and transformation within the team.

Amidst adjusting to life in Paris, Kolisi remains optimistic despite the differences.

Beyond being a rugby captain, Kolisi is a symbol of hope and a champion for equality, with a vision for a brighter future. While his Springbok journey continues, his dedication to social impact promises a lasting legacy beyond the final whistle.

In a touching revelation, Kolisi shared his post-2023 Rugby World Cup final interaction with teammate Cheslin Kolbe. Both players found themselves on the sidelines after the match's conclusion, and Kolisi, having experienced a yellow card earlier, understood Kolbe's emotions.

"I just told him that I love him,", Kolisi told Planet Rugby, recalling the moment.

Understanding the weight of the situation, he expressed pride and happiness, comforting Kolbe, who was deeply moved.

Siya Kolisi spotted watching NBA game between the Nets and Magic

Sports Brief in November 2023 reported that Siya Kolisi was spotted enjoying his time off in the USA after leading South Africa to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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.

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

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