SA captain to join Racing 92 after World Cup

06 Jan, 2023 - 01:01 0 Views
SA captain to join Racing 92 after World Cup

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South Africa captain Siya Kolisi will join French Top 14 club Racing 92 on a multi-year deal after the World Cup in October.

Kolisi, 31, currently plays for South African side Cell C Sharks in the United Rugby Championship. He led the Springboks to World Cup glory in Japan in 2019, where they beat England in the final.

The Sharks confirmed Kolisi had been granted an early release from his contract to complete the move to Paris.

“I want to give massive thanks to the Sharks for welcoming me with open arms in 2021 and for making me feel so at home in Durban,” Kolisi said in a statement on social media.

“Their support over the last couple of years has been hugely influential during a key period in my career.”

The Cell C Sharks have granted Springbok captain Siya Kolisi his wish to continue his career with French club Racing 92 after the Rugby World Cup. The Sharks confirmed the decision via press release on Tuesday morning. Kolisi is on a long-term five year contract that started in 2021 with the Sharks and has been granted an early release by the Durbanites as they were sympathetic to his request to be able to spend more time with his family by living away from the intense glare of the South African rugby spotlight.

“Siya has been an instrumental and much-loved member of the Sharks family since joining two years ago. His well-documented and commendable leadership qualities extend far beyond the playing field,” said Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee.

“His move to France is a new and exciting opportunity and we couldn’t be happier for him. We are blessed to have him don the black and white jersey and we know that over the next few months he will continue to give back to the team and to our fans.”

Kolisi will still play for the Durban team for the rest of the current season, which means that he could yet still fulfill his dream of adding to his World Cup winners medal by leading the Sharks to victory in the Heineken Champions Cup or the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.—BBCSport


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