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Siya Kolisi's stint as Springbok waterboy has generated a shower of praise on social media

Despite being ruled out of the Springboks’ victory over Australia at the weekend, captain Siya Kolisi remained part of the action as he served as a waterboy for his team. 

The flanker was out with a knee injury and it has since been confirmed that he will miss the next two Test matches against the All Blacks and Argentina, but he was still seen running up and down the touchline helping his team-mates. 

The 28-year-old has been adulated on social media by South African fans, being described as a “true leader”, “humble” and for showing “what true leadership is”. 

The way in which Kolisi congratulated debutant Herschel Jantjies after he came off the field embodies his commitment to his team and his attitude. 

While some may dispute his place in the team purely on his playing credentials, there is no denying that many fans appreciate the leadership qualities that he brings. 

This is a similar situation that the Springboks have had in past World Cups, particularly when John Smit was selected ahead of Bismarck du Plessis simply based on his leadership qualities. Smit led the Springboks to World Cup victory in 2007, so that decision was always vindicated. 

Similarly, with the wealth of talent at Rassie Erasmus’ disposal, some may argue that there are better flankers, but Kolisi has already exhibited his leadership skills. 

Furthermore, prior to his injury, the Stormers flanker was also in terrific form and worthy of a starting berth for his nation. This is what the fans have said: 

Alongside Eben Etzebeth, the Springboks have two leaders in the pack that will put them in good stead for the Rugby Championship and the World Cup. 

However, while Kolisi is back in training and set to play for Western Province in the Currie Cup, it is unclear when he will return to the Springboks fold. But he is still leading the team any way he can and has won over many fans in the process. 

WATCH: Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus fronts up to media after the win over the Wallabies

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Siya Kolisi's stint as Springbok waterboy has generated a shower of praise on social media