Siya Kolisi: First time at Anfield unforgettable experience thanks to #liverpoolfc


Siya Kolisi: First time at Anfield unforgettable experience thanks to #liverpoolfc

Yesterday the world rugby player Siya Kolisi visited the Liverpool club and met Henderson and Met Henderson welcomed him as well as the official account of Liverpool on Instagram, to get acquainted together about a glimpse of the life of the beloved legend

Kolisi grew up in the township of Zwide. Kolisi’s mother, Phakama, was 17 when Siya was born and his father, Fezakele, was in his final year of school. Kolisi’s mother died when he was 15, leaving his late grandmother, Nolulamile, to raise him.[8] Kolisi grew up in the impoverished Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth and endured a tough upbringing. At the age of 12, he impressed scouts at a youth tournament in Mossel Bay and was offered a scholarship at Grey Junior in Port Elizabeth. He was subsequently offered a rugby scholarship to the prestigious Grey High School, which South African cricketer Graeme Pollock and England International Mike Catt had attended. Kolisi was a regular member of the First  XV rugby team. He was also a part of the Eastern Province Kings youth set-up between 2007 and 2009, playing in the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week and the Under-18 Craven Week before shifting west to join Western Province.[9][10] He further represented the South Africa national under-18 rugby union team (SA Schools team) for two consecutive years.

Kolisi made his senior debut for Western Province against the Golden Lions during the 2011 Vodacom Cup and later in the year several injuries and international call-ups gave him the opportunity to make regular starts in the Currie Cup. He made 13 appearances and scored 4 tries during the campaign including a crucial score against bitter rivals the Blue Bulls.[2][4]

2012 saw Kolisi graduate to the Stormers squad and he made an immediate impact with 16 appearances during the season and 1 try. The second half of the year was not so kind to him as a thumb injury restricted him to just one appearance in the 2012 Currie Cup and he had to watch on from the sidelines as Province lifted their 33rd Currie Cup title.[12]

Kolisi returned with a bang the following year and held his place in the Stormers side despite fierce competition among the loose forwards. 13 appearances and 2 tries were recorded and this earned him his first international recognition. Being part of the Springbok set-up for the 2013 Rugby Championship meant he only played in Western Province’s final 3 matches of the 2013 Currie Cup and he was powerless to prevent them from slipping to a surprise 33–19 home defeat to the Sharks in the final of the competition.[4]

Kolisi was selected as the new captain of the Stormers on 20 February 2017.[13] He was selected as the new captain of the Springboks on 28 May 2018, becoming the team’s first black captain in its 126-year history.[14] Bryan Habana, former Springbok and of mixed race, praised Kolisi’s appointment: “It’s a monumental moment for South African rugby, and a moment in South African history.”[5]

Kolisi was on the board of directors of MyPlayers Rugby which is the players’ Organisation of all the professional rugby players in South Africa.