Springboks v England: Siya Kolisi’s journey from pub TV watcher to captaining the Springboks in Rugby World Cup final
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi didn’t have television at home when South Africa last won the Rugby World Cup so he watched the 2007 final in a township pub.
The talented flanker, who grew up in the poverty-stricken Zwide township near Port Elizabeth, was a 16-year-old schoolboy when John Smit lifted the Webb Ellis Cup 12 years ago.
“In 2007, I was a kid watching the World Cup final in a tavern because I didn’t have a TV at home,” Kolisi said after leading the Springboks to a 19-16 win over Wales in Sunday night’s semifinal against Yokohama.
“I know what it did for us back then. I have never seen people come together over sport [like that].”
“It was really special for him to take time out and wish us luck. Not only from him, but all the people in South Africa. It is really special to see how they have bought into what we are doing here.
“We get all the messages from South Africa and it is really special to see how the people at home have bought into what we are doing here and how they are supporting us.”
|2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL|
|Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama Date: Saturday, 2 November Time: 09:00 GMT|
|Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app|