Siya Kolisi Makes History as First Black Captain to lift the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup after Springboks’ Triumph
By Esosa Aihie
Iconic moment as 28 year Siya Kolisi became the first ever black South African Captain to lift the Webb Ellis trophy after Springboks’ Rugby World Cup triumph. This follows Nelson Mandela, famously wearing a Springboks jersey and cap, presenting captain Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in 1995. History repeated itself in Japan, as President Cyril Ramaphosa joined in the celebrations.
The Rugby star?who grew up in Zwide a poor neighbourhood in South Africa, celebrated his victory with his wife, Rachael, children Nicholas and Keziah and dad, Fezakele, who had travelled outside of South Africa for the first time to watch his son captain the Springboks in the World Cup final.
The Springboks defeated England 32-12 to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for a third time – 1995, 2007 and 2019.
With a natural flair for rugby, Kolisi arrived at his first trial in boxer shorts because he could not afford rugby shorts, was offered a scholarship at a private school in Port Elizabeth. His wife, Rachel, was accused of ‘wasting good genes’ when they married in 2016.
As he lifted up the Webb Ellis World Cup in Japan, his name was chanted — ‘Siya! Siya! Siya!’ South Africans, danced, sang and celebrated in the name of Kolisi and his team.
Great job star captain?and Springboks team and more grease to your rugby???elbow???