Siya Kolisi Is the South African National Rugby Team's First Black Captain
Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks in an upcoming three-game series against England.
After 128 years as a league, the famous South African rugby team, the Springboks, will have their first black captain.
With the previous captain dealing with an injury, 26 year-old Flank, Siya Kolisi will take on the role, and will lead the team in the team against an upcoming three-match series against England starting on June 9, BBC Sports reports. Kolisi is one of the team's star players, and has made 28 appearances since joining in 2013.
The first black Springbok captain. 👏👏 Well done to Siya Kolisi. https://t.co/fIML0Delsl— Chumani Gugwini (@Chumani Gugwini) 1527493847.0
Black players were barred from playing the sport professionally during apartheid, according to BBC Sport. Kolisi's appointment comes 24 years after the end of apartheid, pointing to the ongoing racial exclusion that exists within the sport. To help combat this, the South African government has determined that half of the team at the 2019 Rugby Cup in Japan must be black.
South Africans have been sharing congratulatory messages and celebrating their first black captain on social media.
New Springbok captain #SiyaKolisi🔥🙏🏾😭🙌🏾 https://t.co/lXgHXvIcV1— TaThanos (@TaThanos) 1527492245.0
#SiyaKolisi the white south Africa's are in pain well done siya https://t.co/i5Y8QWQtok— 🍻 Lukewarm Beer 🍺 (@🍻 Lukewarm Beer 🍺) 1527554461.0
Siya Kolisi is a leader of men. He will inspire and get plenty out of his players. Personally he would have been my… https://t.co/eL91U0QsC2— JudgeRugby (@JudgeRugby) 1527491341.0
Oh captain, my captain! 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿 #SiyaKolisi #HeIsTall https://t.co/O0fudVvLVw— Gasant Abarder 🇿🇦 (@Gasant Abarder 🇿🇦) 1527525634.0
What a big achievement and massive honor to Captain your Country 🙌🏽 Congratulations my brother @Siya_Kolisi https://t.co/tttU2XnYpW— Benni McCarthy (@Benni McCarthy) 1527507903.0
Backing this man all the way. Well done #SiyaKolisi https://t.co/8BOGzjrA6n— see more (@see more) 1527514125.0
What a great day for South African rugby. Siya Kolisi becomes our first black Springbok captain. Looking forward to… https://t.co/VYIGifj4UF— Firdose Moonda (@Firdose Moonda) 1527498466.0