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Siya Kolisi: South Africa name first black Test captain for England series

Siya Kolisi: South Africa name first black Test captain for England series

South Africa's rugby team, the Springboks, has appointed Siya Kolisi as its first ever black captain to lead the formerly all-white team during apartheid when the team plays against Wales and England.A delighted Sports and Recreation Minister Tokozile Xasa welcomed the move, saying on Monday that the development "augurs well with the transformation agenda of our country".

Born in Zwide, a township in Port Elizabeth, Kolisi fell in love with rugby at a young age.

The 26-year-old Kolisi will not be considered for Saturday's worldwide against Wales in Washington, however, with Stormers teammate Pieter-Steph du Toit wearing the armband for that fixture.

The only other black player to lead South Africa was hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, who was just 20 at the time, in a Springbok XV against a World XV in 2006.

"I believe both of them will do a good job as captains", said head coach Rassie Eramus.

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"The Stormers captaincy has helped my rugby in a massive way".

"For my very first Bok camp I was allowed to take 25 guys, which made it hard when Hanyani Shimange stood on De Wet Barry's foot, Ashwin Willemse did his knee in Kimberley and then Faan Rautenbach had to go for a knee op". I know him as a great rugby player.

However, the former Munster Director of Rugby says that the door is not completely closed on the 26 players that will travel to America, and they could be in contention for a spot in Erasmus' match day squad for the first Test against England. He has four Test tries to his name. He has an unbelievable life story hopefully he can be a very successful Bok captain.

Referring to his patchy recent Super Rugby form, Kolisi said: "I have come to realise that you can not play well in every match". 'Erasmus has been granted a 43-man squad and he's been allowed to pick overseas-based players, even if they don't have the minimum number of Test caps.

Erasmus has named a 26-man squad for the Test against Wales and will announce his starting line-up on Wednesday.


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