Port Elizabeth born, Springboks first ever black captain, Siyamthanda Kolisi is set to earn his 50th Test cap when he leads the Springboks out in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against England on Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on SABC 2 at 11h00.
Coach Rassie Erasmus lauded Kolisi for his excellent leadership and sterling Springbok career ahead of the much awaited final at the International Stadium Yokahama in Japan.
Erasmus also cleared the air regarding how the 28-year-old Kolisi became the Boks captain following a great Super Rugby season leading the Stormers to the play-offs.
The Springboks also welcome dynamic and explosive winger Kolbe back to the starting line-up after missing last weekend’s semi-final against Wales due to injury.
Erasmus has also not tampered with his bench proving to be consistent with his four-two split between the forwards and backs respectively. He adds that having Kolbe back for the final is blessing for the team.
The Springboks longest serving member of the current rugby world cup squad, Frans Steyn, who was the only player that was involved in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final triumph over England, says he is expecting a tough clash against the English. The 32-year-old believes it could be a very close final.
Erasmus concluded by reiterating that the Boks also know the impact a victory could have in repairing and rebuilding South Africa’s ailing social and racial ills even if it means for a few weeks, months or maybe even a few years. – Report by Thando Gqamane