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Captain Kolisi: Leading the change


  • 19 Mar 2017
Issue 233 Issue 233

Stormers captain Siya Kolisi is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week.

In last month’s issue, we looked at the leadership role Siya Kolisi was expected to play for the Stormers in this year’s Super Rugby tournament. No sooner had it gone on sale than the Cape franchise appointed the 25-year-old flank as their new captain.

Kolisi couldn’t have hoped for a better start to his reign as the Stormers blew away the Bulls at Newlands by playing a brand of rugby normally associated with Kiwi teams.

In this issue, chief rugby writer Jon Cardinelli speaks to Kolisi about leading the change for the Stormers – in more ways than one.

We at SA Rugby magazine are also embracing change. This month sees the introduction of three new columnists – Super Rugby-winning Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree, former Springbok flank Thando Manana and senior rugby writer Craig Lewis. There are new elements in our upfront section, Linebreaks, a new schools derby focus, a new regular feature on black rugby legends, and a Perfect XV at the end (see Joel Stransky’s on page 114).

In the new issue:

Siya Kolisi is captaining a diverse Stormers side that has embraced a more attacking game plan

– Sharks flank Jean-Luc du Preez wants to add to his Test tally this season

– Blues back Rieko Ioane has already packed a lot into his young rugby career, though all indications are that the best is still to come

Dan Vickerman learned his rugby in South Africa, but reached the top with the Wallabies

– New columnist Thando Manana says SA Rugby has let Springbok coach Allister Coetzee down

– SA Rugby has given Allister Coetzee two new lieutenants to help steer the Springbok ship through choppy waters

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– World Rugby’s new high-tackle sanctions have put players, coaches and referees under pressure

– New columnist John Plumtree looks at Italy's controversial tactics against England and the new high-tackle sanctions

– Joost van der Westhuizen was laid to rest after a touching memorial service at Loftus Versfeld

Joost van der Westhuizen showed the same attacking ability and will to win at unfashionable Pretoria rugby school FH Odendaal as he did for the Bulls and Springboks

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– Player poaching continues to plague South African schools rugby, and there’s little that can be done to stop it

– In the first instalment of a new series on South African schools derbies, we look at the rivalry between Bishops and Rondebosch

– In the first instalment of a new series on black rugby legends, we look back on the career of former Boland and Saru captain Randy ‘Yster’ Marinus

– Former Springbok loose forward Ashley Johnson has made a successful transition to hooker with Wasps

– Our latest Saffas in Europe XV, based on players' form in February

– World Cup-winning Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky selects his Perfect XV


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