Siya Kolisi All Blacks move Cheslin Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe. image via Instagram @cheslinkolbe

Player ratings: Best Springboks of 2023: Cheslin Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe once again excelled for the Springboks as he cemented his place as an instrumental member of the backline in 2023.

Siya Kolisi All Blacks move Cheslin Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe. image via Instagram @cheslinkolbe

As the year draws to a close, we hand out some key player ratings to the top Springbok standouts. Next up: Cheslin Kolbe.

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Just when it mattered most, Kolbe remained fit and on form throughout the 2023 season, starting in eight Tests and scoring three tries.

At a time when there was no shortage of competition for a berth on the wing – with the likes of Makazole Mapimpi, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Canan Moodie all pushing for places – Kolbe rose above and beyond to retain his starting position.

Reliable as ever on defence and under the high ball, Kolbe brought all his experience and reliability to his performances, ensuring he never let the team down at any stage.

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His performance in the playoffs against France and New Zealand were top drawer as he brought immense passion and energy to every moment of play.

Kolbe has now featured in 30 Tests for the Springboks, and continues to establish his legacy as the ultimate underdog who has risen to the top of his field against all odds.

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