Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said it was an easy decision to retain Siya Kolisi as captain for the Rugby Championship‚ which starts against Argentina on August 18. Kolisi captained the Boks to a 2-1 series win over England in June, initially only appointed for that series. But when Erasmus named his 35-man squad for the championship‚ Kolisi was elected captain over returning former captains Warren Whiteley and Eben Etzebeth. Kolisi is the first black African to captain the Boks in a Test match. His appointment‚ while celebrated‚ also came with a lot of emotion and pressure on the 27-year-old’s shoulders. "It was a no-brainer decision for me and there was no doubt in my mind that Siya would continue as captain‚" Erasmus said. "After the relative success we had against England‚ and I have to say we weren’t world-beaters‚ Siya did a good job. "The way he carried himself through a lot of emotional moments was impressive. It wasn’t negative emotion … he had a lot … on his shoulders and...

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