CAPE TOWN – The rise of Siya Kolisi from the township of Zwide in the Eastern Cape to Springbok Rugby World Cup- winning captain “must be the ultimate example of just how transformative sport can be”.
That is the view of the chairperson of the UK Rugby Union Writers’ Club, Rob Kitson, after the organisation chose the Bok skipper as their personality of the year in London on Monday night.
Former Bok captain Francois Pienaar is also a previous recipient of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award.
It is the second honour that Kolisi has received since lifting the Webb Ellis Cup on that memorable Yokohama night on November 2 after South Africa beat England 32-12 in the final.
The 28-year-old was handed the World Peace and Sport Champion for 2019 Award in Monaco in December.