South African rugby changed forever when Siya Kolisi led the Springboks against England at Ellis Park on June 9 2018. At that moment, Kolisi became the first black African Test captain and the Boks — as many observed at the time — became a team for all South Africans.

Kolisi’s story didn’t end there. Coach Rassie Erasmus emphasised that Kolisi was not a political appointment; he deserved his starting place, and was the right leader for this group of warriors. ..

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