Springboks captain Siya Kolisi reveals his retirement plans


Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has revealed a timeline for his retirement, with the flanker set to stick around for another Rugby World Cup with South Africa.

Kolisi has led South Africa to back-to-back World Cup wins in 2019 and 2023 and recently left his homeland to sign for French giants Racing 92.

The 32-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Parisian side and plans on playing for another five years, whether that be with Racing throughout or not.

No team has ever won the World Cup three times in a row, nor has a team won it five times in total, with Kolisi set to be around to try and make history with the Springboks come Australia 2027.

“I’ve signed for three seasons (with Racing 92), so we’ll see how that goes. I still want to play for another five years if the body is still good,” Kolisi said on the Behind the Ruck Podcast.

“I will then come back home, and I want to work for the foundation, that’s the number one, the most important thing.

“The foundation is mine and Rachel’s [his wife] – the Kolisi Foundation. We started after the 2019 World Cup. During Covid, we started with food donations and PPC because public hospitals and public clinics were the last people to get it. We bought PPC for them, sanitisers, gloves, and all the stuff so they can help people.

“We also needed to help people stay at home. I knew coming from the township [Zwide], when I was hungry, I would go out and ask my neighbour, so I thought, ‘Okay, let’s donate food.’

“We couldn’t do a lot, it was only 500, but we donated for three months. The meals were enough, or the grocery was enough; it could fill six people for a month. I know how it is in the community, we always share.”

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