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How leadership got the best out of Kolisi

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MAIN MAN: Siya Kolisi on one of his trademark runs. (Carl Fourie, Gallo Images)
MAIN MAN: Siya Kolisi on one of his trademark runs. (Carl Fourie, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck knows the exact day when the idea to make Siya Kolisi his captain for this year’s Super Rugby tournament firmed up in his head.

“I was at his wedding last year,” remembered Fleck. “When I sat and listened to this guy humbly describing how he grew up in Port Elizabeth and doing it from the heart ... I’d always thought he was a leader but that day at his wedding it came through so powerfully.

“He’s a reluctant leader but goes on what he sees and feels, and he’s an honest and humble guy. He’s almost like a rough diamond as a leader but when he speaks people listen. The biggest kudos to him is that it comes naturally to him...he doesn’t have to read books about it.”

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