World Cup fever is in the air in Port Elizabeth as South Africa is set to clash with defending champions New Zealand, in their opening game in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday.
It is expected to be a tight one as the All Blacks World Cup winning percentage is 88%, next to the Springboks with a close 83%. These great rugby nations have only battled against each other four times in a World Cup – both winning two matches each.
Captain for the Springboks Siya Kolisi inspired the nation when he became the first black captain for the national rugby team. He will now lead that same team towards the lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.
School boys from his old high school Grey College say he is an inspiration, “It’s actually a good honour and it makes me dream every day that I can also become a Springbok and become a captain.”
“I’m inspired that an old boy like Siya Kolisi can first of all be a Springbok and second lead the country to a greater stage in terms of rugby,” says one of the Grey College boys.
The other boy says, “Having a guy who didn’t come from the best background achieve so much is a very big thing for all of us here. I’m really proud of him for doing that. And I’ll try my best also myself being a rugby player to achieve those goals and also join him in the team someday.”
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