The defence guru’s elevation wasn’t exactly a surprise as Rassie Erasmus opts for continuity.
The irrepressible flanker made history by becoming only the third player to win the SA Rugby Player-of-the-Year accolade three times.
The Springbok skipper took the prize following a poll of the RUWC’s 200-plus members ahead of their annual dinner in London.
The first black captain in the Springboks’ 126-year history led his nation to the world title in Japan, which has seen his public profile soar.
He’s had his troubles on and off the field, but the former hooker remains passionate about the national side.
Interestingly, he’s actually not the only one who wears them on match days.

‘Flo’ ends his Green-and-Gold journey

A consummate professional and highly skilled player, the versatile veteran loose forward got his due reward with two trophies in 2019.

WATCH: Siya Kolisi – the flight attendant!

Could this be the Springbok captain’s career after rugby?

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Matt whispered ‘this is for your dad’ – and I cried, says Duane Vermeulen

Matt whispered ‘this is for your dad’ – and I cried, says Duane Vermeulen

Brought up by a single mother in Nelspruit, Vermeulen played his 50th Test in the Boks’ opening game in the World Cup, against New Zealand.

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Tribute to a Beast of a legend

Tribute to a Beast of a legend

Winning the World Cup with the Springboks was Tendai Mtawarira’s last bit of unfinished business here, topping off a magnificent career.

Springbok legend and World Cup winner ‘Beast’ Mtawarira retires

Mtawarira, 34, has been a fixture at loosehead prop since debuting in 2008 and he is the third-most capped Springbok with 117, after Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.

Kolisi: I watched the 2007 final from a tavern

The Springbok captain is acutely aware of his importance to South Africans, particularly after an endearing image of he and Schalk Burger resurfaced on Twitter.

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Now to tame the dragon, Springboks

Now to tame the dragon, Springboks

If tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal is played in the wet, as is expected, the Springboks are braced for ‘a game of chess’ against Wales, says flyhalf Handre Pollard.

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Injured Bok Jesse Kriel out, but not down

Injured Bok Jesse Kriel out, but not down

The versatile 25-year-old midfielder had to return home early from the World Cup tournament in Japan due to a hamstring problem.

Why Rassie chose to stick with Willie

It might have something to do with S’bu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi’s potency…

Stick: It’s not South African to be a cheater

The Springbok assistant coach was, rather inevitably, asked to weigh in on the spying allegations dominating the build-up to New Zealand and England’s semifinal.

Boks get ‘bad news’ ref for semifinal against Wales

The Frenchman is a controversial figure, who was severely criticised for his handling of the Boks and All Blacks’ pool match last month.

WATCH: Beast apologises for nasty tackle

The evergreen prop certainly did his best to make up for it on all fronts.

Talisman Kolbe ’80 to 90%’ fit for quaterfinal

One of the World Cup’s leading players to date sustained a twisted ankle in the victory over Canada.

WATCH: Laughs all around for Schalk Brits’ jersey swop

This is why the veteran Springbok hooker is one of the most popular players on the planet.




 

 

 

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