South Africa rugby team names first ever black captain
By admin - 2018-05-28 20:38:00

Siya Kolisi was named the captain of South Africa’s rugby union team on Monday, marking the first time a black player has ever been given the honor in the club’s 127-year history .

According to a CNN report, the 26-year-old’s ascent to the Springboks armband comes three years after his international debut against Scotland, a contest in which he was crowned man of the match. Kolisi has since scored four tries in 28 international appearances.

Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of Rugby, confirmed the historic appointment in a statement.

It’s a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hardworking men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players,” said Erasmus. “I believe both of them will do a good job as captains. My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and must therefore work extremely hard with that one goal in mind — to make the Springboks successful again.”

Kolisi rose to prominence from humble beginnings in the impoverished township of Zwide outside Port Elizabeth, impressing scouts from a very young age and earning a scholarship to the prestigious Grey Junior School. He credits that opportunity with changing his life.

“I was given the opportunity and I took it with both of my hands,” He said. “You can always make it, as long as you believe. Your past doesn’t determine your future.”