Bok captain Siya Kolisi: how my drinking nearly cost me my relationship

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Siya Kolisi says his drinking habits brought his relationship with wife Rachel to a crossroads. (PHOTO: Instagram/ Siya_Kolisi_The_Bear)
Siya Kolisi says his drinking habits brought his relationship with wife Rachel to a crossroads. (PHOTO: Instagram/ Siya_Kolisi_The_Bear)

It was 19 May 2012. We’d just beaten the Waratahs in a pretty dull Super Rugby game at Newlands, and I went to Gino’s, an Italian restaurant in Stellenbosch, with my girlfriend at the time, some of the Waratahs’ boys and the cousin of a woman named Rachel Smith. 

We’d been there a while when Rachel arrived with her brother and sister. She didn’t think I was anything special: in fact, she thought I was quite rude because when they arrived I was sitting in a corner and didn’t get up or say hi to them. 

Then she sat down on the other side of the table, so I didn’t really speak to her too much all evening. But there was something about her that really got to me. 

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