Naomi Campbell at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Picture: Reuters

In May, Siya Kolisi became the first black player to be named South Africa Rugby Test captain, ending 127 years of white skippers since the national team debuted.

The announcement made international headlines, and well wishes poured in from across the globe for the new Springbok skipper.


The most recent tribute comes from supermodel, Naomi Campbell, who took to her Instagram stories. Sharing a snap of Kolisi, she wrote: “Siya Kolisi 1st South African black captain of the Boks in 127 years", and tagged the post #BlackExellence #Greatness.

Local sports personalities also took to social media to celebrate Kolisi's achievement, with 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk saying, "Yes!!!! Congrats my brother!!! So proud of u, Captain! #siyakolisi (sic)".


Former Springboks Breyton Paulse, Bryan Habana and Thando Manana also wished Kolisi well on Twitter.