Siya Kolisi Eben Etzebeth troll Springboks

Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth. Image via Instagram @ebenetzebeth4

BROMANCE: Kolisi and Elizabedi reunited in Mzansi! (picture)

Best mates.

Siya Kolisi Eben Etzebeth troll Springboks

Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth. Image via Instagram @ebenetzebeth4

Springboks legends Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth have linked up in South Africa and look delighted about it. The World Champions have two tests against Ireland on the horizon.

Springboks bromance is back on track

Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth are good friends as we all know. Legendary lock forward Etzebeth was in the Bok starting lineup which beat Wales 41-13 at the weekend. Meanwhile, Kolisi wasn’t involved in the matchday squad. There was a welcome return for Malcolm Marx after an ACL injury. Edwill van der Merwe and Jordan Hendrikse both sparkled in the resounding win.

A mainstay for the Springboks

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Kolisi since his Bok debut in June 2013. Incidentally, that was the day before his 22nd birthday. He has faced criticism over his form, as all players do, and he’s lost his place in the side at various junctures. One constant, however, has been Kolisi’s parallel obsession with self-improvement and putting the team first. The Racing 92 flanker has won 82 caps for South Africa but it almost feels as though that number should be larger. It’s difficult to imagine the Springboks before Siyamthanda Kolisi and it will be pretty strange adjusting to life without him when he eventually retires.

Fortunately for us, at 32, there are plenty more big games and grand occasions left in him and he’ll be back in the fold for the upcoming tests against the Irish.

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Siya Kolisi has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People 2024. Image: X

TIME Magazine recognition

Siyamthanda Kolisi etched his name into the record books last year when he became only the second man to captain his country to back-to-back Rugby World Cup triumphs.

This is what he said in an Instagram caption to address this honour:

“Being named to the 2024 #TIME100 list is an incredible honour, one that deeply humbles me. It’s a profound responsibility to stand alongside individuals who dedicate their lives to enriching others. This recognition isn’t just for me; it reflects the numerous individuals and communities who have poured into me and shaped me to be the person I am and am becoming. I’m grateful to @time for highlighting the importance of compassion and service in our world. I look forward to getting my hands on the TIME100 issue when it’s released on Friday.”

Will the Springboks assert their dominance over Ireland in the upcoming tests on 6 and 13 July?