Rassie Erasmus issues statement on Siya Kolisi & the Springbok captaincy


Siya Kolisi’s future as Springboks captain has been questioned following comments from South Africa boss, Rassie Erasmus.

The bruising back-row forward has skippered the Boks throughout the Erasmus era, leading them to back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles, but a change in his situation may result in him being stripped of the role.

He joined French side Racing 92 after the World Cup and Erasmus has revealed in a press conference that while Kolisi will continue to represent the Boks, he might have to select a new captain as he prefers to have his skipper based locally.

“There’s a lot of players who have signed with overseas clubs with clauses in their contracts that say they will stop playing international rugby. Siya has not signed with a clause like that,” Erasmus said.

“That’s the first thing that tells you he wants to play for South Africa. I think he is playing some of his best rugby. He looks really relaxed.

“I would always like to have our captain locally based. Just because it’s a call and a flight and we can have a weekend together where we can plan.

“This is a unique situation. He will be considered. He definitely wants to and is playing well enough. If we get the feeling that it’s doable, maybe there’s place for that. But I still have to suss it out.”

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