JOHANNESBURG – Springbok captain Siya Kolisi revealed yesterday, before the team’s departure to Japan and the World Cup today, he feared he would not be fit enough to be considered for the final 31-man squad.
Kolisi picked up a knee injury in the latter stages of Super Rugby and only returned to action a few weeks ago, having missed the entire Rugby Championship campaign, which the Boks won. He played a few minutes for Western Province in the Currie Cup before turning out for the Boks in the Farewell Test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld two weeks ago.
“I’m feeling good (physically),” he said.
“But, I was worried at a time, I was under pressure,” said the popular Bok skipper about his injury and getting back in shape to prove his readiness to be considered for the squad.
“The great thing is I was with the squad the whole time. I watched them play and train, I was involved in the meetings and only went back (to the Cape) when they went on tour (to Australasia).