On Monday, Siya Kolisi won 2019 Personality of the Year at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club Awards in London.
According to the Sports Journalists’ Association, Kolisi expressed gratitude in a video message which was played at the club dinner. The trophy was presented to him by RUWC committee member Dave Rogers in Cape Town.
Kolisi tweeted, “It’s an honour & a privilege to receive this recognition from the @RUWCOfficial for the 2020 Pat Marshall award.” He continued: “To everyone that has been supporting me, my teammates, our sport, and our country, we will use this moment to continue bringing positive change to South Africa”.
Siya Kolisi is the first black Springbok captain. He led the most culturally diverse SA rugby team to victory at the World Cup last year in Japan.
He grew up in poverty in the Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth. Since winning the World Cup he has signed with Roc Nation Sports International. He was also named Champion of the Year by Peace & Sport.
Siya Kolisi, captain of the Springbok Rugby Team, is a living South African Legend.