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Kolisi back training with Boks

  • 11 Aug 2017
Siya Kolisi at Bok training on Friday Siya Kolisi at Bok training on Friday

Siya Kolisi has returned to Springbok training in Port Elizabeth after recovering from an ankle injury.

The flank missed the first day of training on Tuesday, but was back on the field towards the end of the week.

'I was still doing rehab earlier in the week, but have since started with full-on training again with the boys,' said Kolisi, who has been appointed Bok vice-captain.

'It is such a huge honour and privilege,' he said. 'I am especially proud for my mate Eben [Etzebeth], who will captain the side. Personally, it’s a responsibility which I embrace and I would like to believe that the extra responsibility will help to improve my game.'

Meanwhile, Bok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot said the squad had benefited from spending an extra week together in camp, ahead of next Saturday's match against Argentina.

'The players have been fantastic all week long during training and the coaches are really proud of the way they have prepared, and their excellent effort so far.

'It is fantastic to see how well the players get along with each other, taking into account that they’ve just come out of a tough Super Rugby season, and makes it so rewarding to have an extra week to prepare.

'We are well aware of the Pumas’ strong points and have done a lot of preparation,' he added. 'We know they’ve had a lot of time to prepare and the nice thing for them is that their whole squad is together in Argentina. However, we must not be under the illusion that it’s the same side that played Super Rugby [as the Jaguares].

'They’re a totally different side when they pull on that white and blue jersey – they put a lot of pride into that jersey, and also the way they play. The Pumas will be a formidable side and we must prepare for a very tough contest.'

Photo: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

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