History made as South Africa name Siya Kolisi first black Test captain

Jose Verdugo
May 29, 2018

Siya Kolisi has become the first black player to be appointed captain of the South Africa rugby team.

The 26-year-old flanker grew up in a poor township in South Africa's Eastern Cape province before being spotted by rugby scouts and earning a scholarship to one of the top schools in the region.

Loose forward Kolisi, who captains Super Rugby side Stormers, has played in 28 Tests since making his debut against Scotland in June 2013 and has scored four tries.

Kolisi's appointment will see him become the first black Springboks captain in the Test arena after Chiliboy Ralepelle led South Africa in a tour match against a World XV in December 2006.

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Both players will take the leadership reins for the first time.

The national team's Twitter account made the announcement on Monday morning, also revealing that Pieter-Steph du Toit will captain the side against Wales in Washington on Saturday. The loose-forward has four tries to his name in 28 worldwide Test caps.

Coach Rassie Erasmus announced an extended squad of 43 players for the June Tests on Saturday and suggested he would take a number of fringe players to face Wales in the United States.

Head coach Erasmus said: "I believe both [Kolisi and du Toit] will do a good job as captains".

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