Siya Kolisi



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His truth. His story. In his words.

Siya Kolisi, captain of the Springboks, and the first black man to lead his country in over 128 years of South African rugby share his story in Rise. In an extraordinarily intimate memoir, Kolisi charts his story from being born into the impoverished Zwide township, to leading his proud nation to an astonishing victory at the Rugby World Cup in 2019. However, Rise is not simply a chronology of matches played and games won; it is an exploration of a man’s race and his faith, a masterclass in attaining a positive mindset, and an inspirational reminder that it is possible to defy the odds, no matter how they are stacked against you. The title, Rise, is inspired by Siya’s mother –Phakama – which translates to the book’s name as well as a celebration of his Xhosa heritage.

About the Author

Siyamthanda “Siya” Kolisi was born on 16 June 1991 in Zwide Township in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), EC. Kolisi started playing rugby at age of seven whilst at Emsengeni Primary. In 2018 he was named Springbok Captain & went on to lead the team to a historic 2019 RWC win. In February 2021 Siya joined the Sharks & is now based in Durban, KZN.

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