Former Springbok wing Bryan Habana says Siya Kolisi has been a successful captain of the Boks not because of the colour of his skin, but his rugby playing ability.

Kolisi was appointed the lead the Springboks and became the first black man to captain them in an international test match. He led the South African Rugby team to victory in the 2019 World Cup final against England in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday.

An emotional Habana has commended Kolisi for his good leadership qualities.

“To do that, wear the same number six jersey that Nelson Mandela wore back in June 95, as a South African it’s very special… and you know you get emotional because it means so much to us as rugby players, but more so to us as South Africans. May that journey continue because Siya is there, and his leadership transcends just the rugby field, his inspiration transcends the lines on which he plays this beautiful game – and for us as South Africans, it means quite a bit… so I apologise for getting a bit emotional,”says Habana.

 

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