Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says the recent transformation debates in SA played no role in his decision to award the captaincy to Siya Kolisi and it was the player’s leadership qualities that won him the honour. Kolisi will become the first black African to captain the Springboks when they host England in three Tests in June, and Erasmus said on Monday he was impressed by the player’s leadership ability. Chiliboy Ralepelle captained a Springbok XV against a World XV at Leicester in England at the age of 20 under former coach Jake White in 2006 but it was not an official Test match. “I know Siya is a good leader and I am excited about what he can offer us‚” said Erasmus. “I coached him since he was 18 years old when he arrived at the Stormers from the Eastern Cape and through the academy until he played for the Stormers. “This year he has gone through some tough times with form as captain of the Stormers, but he is a great leader. “I like him because he is humble‚ he is quiet and ...

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