‘Give him slack’: Siya Kolisi

Siya Kolisi has defended All Blacks player Jordie Barrett.
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‘Give him slack’: Siya Kolisi defends All Blacks’ Jordie Barrett after president ‘snub’ [video]

Siya Kolisi has appealed to South Africans not to ‘bully’ All Blacks star Jordie Barrett, who was accused of ‘disrespecting’ the president.

‘Give him slack’: Siya Kolisi

Siya Kolisi has defended All Blacks player Jordie Barrett.
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Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has publicly defended All Blacks player Jordie Barrett, who was accused of “disrespecting” South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

This, after a clip on social media appeared to show both Jordie and his brother Beauden refusing to shake Ramaphosa’s hand at the Rugby World Cup medal prizegiving ceremony.

But Siya claims there is no truth to the allegations and warned South Africans not to bully the rugby players.

On Saturday, the national rugby team won their second consecutive World Cup title, making them the only country to have lifted the Webb Ellis trophy four times.

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In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter and TikTok, Cyril Ramaphosa is seen staring down All Blacks brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett.

In the clip, it appears that the siblings seemingly snubbed shaking the president’s hand. Instead, they both shook the hand of French President Emanuel Macron.

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Many South Africans were offended by the move and called on World Rugby to take the siblings to task.

Beauden and Jordie Barrett are two of three brothers in the All Blacks, the third being Scott. A fourth – Kane – has officially retired from rugby. The Barrett brothers are the sons of veteran Kiwi player Kevin Barrett.

The brothers became the first trio of siblings to play in a Rugby World Cup final.

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In a media briefing after arriving at OR Tambo, Siya Kolisi rubbished the viral video, insisting it was pushing a false narrative.

He said of Jordie Barrett: “He’s been getting a lot of like bad media…But he’s going through [a lot]. It’s tough losing a World Cup final, and obviously, getting that kind of negative media is not good.”

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Siya then defended the All Blacks star.

He continued: “I know him [Jordie Barrett] personally, I know very well. He’s not that kind of person.

“The video was taken probably after he shook the president’s hand. We are fully behind him. We respect New Zealand a lot. They respect us a lot. So please just give him a slack.

“Let’s just celebrate….he DID shake the president’s hand”.