Springboks Kolisi load shedding

Siya Kolisi celebrates with fans during the 2023 Rugby World Cup South Africa Trophy Tour. Photo: BackpagePix

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi can fix load-shedding

Siyamthanda Kolisi is already a hero in Springboks colours but he took his legacy to a whole new level in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks.

Springboks Kolisi load shedding

Siya Kolisi celebrates with fans during the 2023 Rugby World Cup South Africa Trophy Tour. Photo: BackpagePix

What did we do to deserve Springboks icon Siya Kolisi? Maybe we’ll never know. If he can fix skipper South Africa to consecutive Rugby World Cup crowns then he can fix load shedding.

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There is an obvious steeliness and grit evident in Siya Kolisi’s approach to rugby matches. However, the most telling side to his personality is a gentle humility always on show at the end of bruising contests. His first action is to always speak about his opponent in glowing terms, an obvious indicator of his humility, leadership and willingness to take disappointment on the chin. The Springboks were close to disappointment in this year’s barnstorming quarter-final against France and then the excruciatingly tense semi-final against England. Margins are tiny in elite sports. Having a warrior like this guy on your team tilts the scales in your favour and that’s a privilege. It’s a competitive advantage. So it proved again in the final.

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South Africa’s flanker and captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he leaves after the South African rugby team’s arrival at the OR Tambo International airport in Ekurhuleni on October 31, 2023, after they won the France 2023 Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP)


It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Kolisi since his Bok debut in June 2013, 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.

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Siya Kolisi becomes the second captain to lift the Rugby World Cup back-to-back. Image: @Springboks/(X)


Just three months ago, Siya Kolisi was struck down with a serious ACL injury. Conventional wisdom suggests that players who sustain anterior cruciate ligament ruptures can easily spend nine months or usually longer on the sidelines. Siyamthanda Kolisi returned in about a third of that time. He took a massive risk by going under the knife so close to a major tournament, and that risk paid off handsomely. Fortune favours the brave. If he can do this, then no miraculous feat is beyond him, and that includes fixing South Africa’s energy crisis.

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Two-time Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks captain Siya Kolisi will consider three options before deciding his international future. Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP

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