World Cup-winning Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has been recognised for his monumental efforts last year by being made the 2019 Rugby Unions Writers’ Club personality of the year in London on Monday.
Kolisi took the prize after the RUWC’s 200-plus members voted him into the award following a poll in the British capital.
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The accolade was that much sweeter for Kolisi, who succeeds Irish first-five Jonathan Sexton as the holder of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award, completed a significant milestone in lifting aloft the Webb Ellis Cup, as did so as South Africa’s first black captain.
Under his stewardship, the Springboks also won the Rugby Championship last year and defeated England in a three-match test series in South Africa in 2018.
Kolisi follows in the footsteps of the likes of Gareth Edwards, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter to have claimed the RUWC’s esteemed award.
Kolisi will be back in action for the first time this year to captain the Stormers in their second Super Rugby pre-season on Sunday, when they face off against the Sharks in Soweto as part of the Super Sunday double-header at Soccer City.
The Stormers will then get their regular season campaign up and running a fortnight later, when they host the Hurricanes at Newlands in Cape Town on February 1.
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