World ap­plauds Cap­tain Kolisi

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Since be­ing handed the Spring­bok cap­taincy and lead­ing the Boks to a hard-fought 2-1 se­ries vic­tory over Eng­land, Siya Kolisi’s been cred­ited with sin­gle-hand­edly turn­ing the na­tional team’s for­tune around. While that may be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion, the flanker from Port El­iz­a­beth’s Zwide town­ship, with his mod­est de­meanour and tire­less ef­forts on the pitch, has in­deed gone some way to­wards bring­ing to­gether a rugby com­mu­nity of­ten frac­tured by is­sues of race and cul­ture. With his achieve­ments re­cently recog­nised by the Lau­reus Sports Awards, if the first-ever black Spring­bok skip­per can help the men in green and gold con­tinue on an up­ward tra­jec­tory, the coun­try’s rugby fans will all be speak­ing the same lan­guage – the great uni­fy­ing reg­is­ter of sport.

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