Let’s take a look at some of the most renowned Springbok captains in South African rugby history. [22][5] Since 2014 Siya's half-siblings, Liyema and Liphelo, children of Siya's mother who died in 2009, have been part of the Kolisi household, after five years in orphanages and foster care in Port Elizabeth. The second half of the year was not so kind to him as a thumb injury restricted him to just one appearance in the 2012 Currie Cup and he had to watch on from the sidelines as Province lifted their 33rd Currie Cup title. [17] Nine further substitute appearances followed during the 2013 international season as he firmly established himself as a regular member of the national squad. Named as the first black captain in the 128-year history of the Springboks, Siya Kolisi is hopeful that rugby and the team's World Cup win can help promote change in South Africa. He generally plays as a flanker. [1] Kolisi also played two matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup playing for South Africa against Japan and Samoa. Rachel, one year older than Siya, is from Makhanda and worked as a marketing executive before taking on duties as a full-time mother. 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He replaced the injured Arno Botha in the 5th minute and was named as Man of the Match as South Africa won 30–17. South Africa captain Siya Kolisi did not have a television at home the last time the Springboks played in the Rugby World Cup final but 12 years on leads his team out in Saturday’s decider against England in a remarkable rags to riches story. South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi has fast-tracked the launch of his foundation to help the country's hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. [12], Kolisi returned with a bang the following year and held his place in the Stormers side despite fierce competition among the loose forwards. Japan had not won a RWC match since 1991, while South Africa were world champions in both 1995 and 2007. He was subsequently offered a rugby scholarship to the prestigious Grey High School, which South African cricketer Graeme Pollock and England International Mike Catt had attended. The best moment of the Rugby World Cup final came after full-time as South African captain Siya Kolisi melted hearts across the globe. Both Cipriani and England captain … He made 13 appearances and scored 4 tries during the campaign including a crucial score against bitter rivals the Blue Bulls. H.H. [20] This was South Africa's third World Cup win, tying with New Zealand. Sunday 3 November 2019, 12:43pm. Being part of the Springbok set-up for the 2013 Rugby Championship meant he only played in Western Province's final 3 matches of the 2013 Currie Cup and he was powerless to prevent them from slipping to a surprise 33–19 home defeat to the Sharks in the final of the competition. Castens captainEd South Africa on 30 July 1891 in their first ever test against the touring British Isles team at Crusaders Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth. 1995 World Cup winning South African Captain Francois Pienaar with current Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi on their 2019 triumph. Sport. South Africa's Rugby World Cup triumph on Saturday is historic for more than one reason, after the team was captained by a black man for the first time in the country's history. England vs South Africa: How it feels to captain your country in a Rugby World Cup final – win or lose. [7] In December 2019, Kolisi was named in New African magazine's list of 100 Most Influential Africans. Siyamthanda Kolisi (born 16 June 1991) is a South African professional rugby union player who currently captains the South Africa national team and also plays club rugby for the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup. England learn 2023 Rugby World Cup fate. South Africa captain Siya Kolisi won his fitness battle to lead his country at the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Monday, as coach Rassie Erasmus named the back-row forward in his 31-man squad. [2][4], 2012 saw Kolisi graduate to the Stormers squad and he made an immediate impact with 16 appearances during the season and 1 try. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_South_Africa_national_rugby_union_team_captains&oldid=971356243, Lists of South Africa international rugby union players, South Africa national rugby union team captains, Use South African English from August 2012, All Wikipedia articles written in South African English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 August 2020, at 16:35. Live Live. [8] Kolisi grew up in the impoverished Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth and endured a tough upbringing. Former South Africa Rugby Union captain Joost van der Westhuizen is one of those sadly no longer with us (Image: Getty Images Sport Classic) Get the latest Welsh rugby news sent straight to your inbox At the age of 12, he impressed scouts at a youth tournament in Mossel Bay and was offered a scholarship at Grey Junior in Port Elizabeth. Warren Whitely and utility back Damian Willemse miss out on the squad due to injury, while Kolisi is set to captain. To see the two shaking hands before the first-Test coin toss on 24 July in Johannesburg would be a hugely powerful image. 1 ^ Theo Pienaar was selected as captain for the tour but never played. South Africa captain Siya Kolisi will play no further part in the Rugby Championship after being left out of the squad for the remaining Tests against New Zealand and Argentina. [4], Kolisi was selected as the new captain of the Stormers on 20 February 2017. In 2018, Kolisi was appointed captain of the Springboks, becoming the first black man to hold the position, and eventually leading the South African Rugby team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Finalag… South Africa captain Siya Kolisi awarded Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year Siya Kolisi's extraordinary journey was commended at an awards ceremony in London … Siya Kolisi is South Africa's first black Test captain. John Smit holds the record as the most capped Springbok captain in international rugby history. 3 ^ Victor Matfield returned as captain in June 2014 after Jean de Villiers was injured. South Africa’s Siya Kolisi during the national anthem before the match. Every player to captain the South Africa national rugby union team (the Springboks) in a test match is listed here. 2 ^ Felix and Morné du Plessis are the only father-son combination who captained South Africa. South Africa rugby captain Siya Kolisi 'can't explain in words' magnitude of winning World Cup. ADVERTISEMENT US consortium MVM Holding bought out a controlling share in the franchise this week and have said they want to make the Sharks the number one brand in global rugby and to bring the biggest … England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales learn Rugby World Cup fate ... Why talismanic captain … [1][4] In 2018, Kolisi was appointed captain of the Springboks, becoming the first black man to hold the position,[5][6] and eventually leading the South African Rugby team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against England. Siya Kolisi become the first black captain of a World Cup-winning side. [11], Kolisi made his senior debut for Western Province against the Golden Lions during the 2011 Vodacom Cup and later in the year several injuries and international call-ups gave him the opportunity to make regular starts in the Currie Cup. South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has praised his side's captain Siya Kolisi after the Springboks' stunning victory over England in the World Cup final. 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Kolisi was a member of the South Africa under 20 side that competed in both the 2010 and 2011 IRB Junior World Championships. South Africa’s rugby union national team captain and hooker John Smit smiles near the Webb Ellis cup during a press conference 21 October 2007 at the team hotel in Paris. Rugby World Cup 2019. [7][21], Kolisi married Rachel Kolisi in 2016 and as of 2018[update] they have two children together: son Nicholas Siyamthanda (2015) and daughter Keziah (2017). When President Nelson Mandela presented the trophy to Boks captain Francois Pienaar after their 1995 victory, the wider resonance for post-Apartheid South Africa is … John Smit holds the record as the most capped Springbok captain in international rugby history. When South Africa clinched the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, it put an exclamation mark on captain Siya Kolisi's inspirational tale of hard work, leadership and unity. Kolisi grew up in the township of Zwide. South Africa rugby. 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