Kolisi humbledy by responsibility to lead Stormers

Stormers flank Siya Kolisi says he is humbled by being picked to lead the Stormers rugby team in 2017

This week the Stormers announced that Kolisi will be the team’s captain and will be assisted by lock Eben Etzebeth who will be the vice-captain of the team.

Speaking about his new role, Kolisi said he was excited and very humbled about being picked to lead his team. “I’m very humbled, but very excited obviously, it’s a huge responsibility, but it’s not a burden at the same time. When I went home, I thought about it – I felt good, everyone is tweeting you and you get home and you have to do homework, you realise you are not that special,” he says.

While this task is a huge deal for the 25-year-old, Kolisi will not be doing it alone, as his team will be backing him. And with his second in command being his closest friend Etzebeth, who was also one of his groomsmen at his wedding last year, the two can use their chemistry to produce good rugby.

“I got chosen because of the person that I am and I can’t change that, the only thing I can do is to produce good rugby,” Kolisi says.

When it comes to support, Kolisi who will be leading the team for the first time does not have to worry, as he will be supported by a strong team of senior players.

Stormers Head Coach ,Robbie Fleck, said Kolisi would receive support from the team.

“We have developed a number of strong leaders in this group, so Siya will certainly not be shouldering the responsibility on his own, but we felt it important to appoint someone who the team can rally around.

“Although still quite young, Siya is already an experienced player who has matured both on and off the field and is one of the most popular and respected players in our squad,” he said.

Last year, an injury put a damper on Kolisi’s career. Kolisi was injured while playing against Chiefs at Newlands during a Super Rugby playoff.

Kolisi says being injured was one of the worse times for him, but he has since bounced back.