In an exclusive interview with Siya Kolisi, who is on the cover of the latest SA Rugby magazine, the Springbok captain opens up about key issues that are bravely being tackled.
For this issue, SA Rugby magazine was privileged to speak with Kolisi in a powerful, exclusive interview in which he and wife Rachel discuss their experiences during this time of lockdown.
The inspiring outreach of the Kolisi Foundation has touched the lives of countless South Africans in need, while the Springbok captain also shares his views on gender-based violence and the Black Lives Matter movement.
It’s a raw, powerful message that needs to be heard.
In South Africa, projections of a return to play have remained ever changing. Yet, this time away from the game has provided a platform to take a closer look at some vitally important off-field subjects.
Slowly but surely, though, we have been able to enjoy the return of some live action and from mid-August a number of SA rugby’s overseas-based stars will return to the field as the English Premiership resumes with a clash between Harlequins and the Sale Sharks.
During an online conference with local media in July, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux perhaps summed things up best when he commented: ‘If anyone thinks rugby, and particularly international and domestic action, will return to anything that’s close to the format that existed at the start of 2020, you’d be making a big mistake!’
Indeed, the game remains in flux and as we investigate, the only thing certain is that the rugby landscape will continue to undergo regular revision and restructuring.
Meanwhile, we take a closer look at what makes World Cup-winners Elton Jantjies and Lukhanyo Am such special players, and hear from Bok coach Jacques Nienaber, who has faced plenty of unexpected curve balls in his first year in the top job.
Cheetahs stalwart Oupa Mohoje also opens about mental health and his recovery from an injury that tested his resolve, while Kings veteran Schalk Ferreira shares his experiences from a colourful career.
On the international front, we have interviews with Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, New Zealand superstar Mark Telea and rugby union convert Semi Radradra.
Enjoy the read and, most of all, stay safe!
– Craig Lewis