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Siya Kolisi of the Springboks looks on during the national anthems during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
Siya Kolisi of the Springboks looks on during the national anthems during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s autobiography, Rise (Harper Collins), describes how he went from growing up in Zwide township to Grey High School to the Springbok captaincy. It also discusses his spirituality, his activism, and his sense of what it takes to be a leader. He writes that the book is called Rise because of his own journey, and what he’s trying to achieve in South Africa, but also because it’s the English meaning of his mother’s name, Phakama. In this extract, he describes his first Test against England in 2018, shortly after becoming captain of the Springboks – a moment that Bryan Habana described as “a monumental moment for South African rugby, and... in South African history". 

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