Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
17 Aug 2013
6:30 am

Flanker Kolisi ready for next level

Rudolph Jacobs

He made both his appearances for the Springboks during this year's incoming Tests in June and now flanker Siya Kolisi, right, is to take the next step in his international career by making his Rugby Championship debut.

Kolisi, 22, has been a sensation ever since coming in for Schalk Burger in the Stormers’ set-up last year, but has been very excited about playing a part in the Mandela Sport and Culture Day today.

“It is my first game in the Rugby Championship, if I come off the bench, but it will be great to bring a nation together and hopefully bring the soccer supporters in,” he said.

He made his debut against Scotland in Nelspruit when he had to replace the injured Arno Botha after two minutes and went on to earn the Man-of -the-Match accolade while earning his second cap a week later against Samoa at Loftus.

“A lot of the loose forwards are big, so for me it’s taking one step at a time,” said Kolisi, who with his ”small” frame of 1.86m and 99kg makes up with his tireless work-rate and abrasive defence.

He is also set to become more of a specialist ground player after the struggle against Scotland put down to the absence of the impressive Francois Louw.

“We have been working hard at the breakdowns and it has shown the game simply won’t flow without a solid breakdown platform, but we have been working hard as a team on this area.”

The addition to the Bok management of breakdown specialist consultant Richie Grey of Scotland has also assisted the team a great deal, said the flanker, who initially hails from the Eastern Cape.

“Argentina will be tough but we haven’t focused too much on them.” he said.