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4 Oct 2021
11:45 am

Springbok skipper Kolisi’s memoir ‘Rise’ is available now

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The World Cup-winning captain tells his life story from humble beginnings to leading the Boks to world glory.

Siya Kolisi's life story, published in Rise, is now available. Picture: Charly Triballeau / AFP

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s memoir Rise is available for purchase from Monday.

His Truth. His Story. In his words, Kolisi’s autobiography Rise is finally here.

In the book, the World Cup winning captain of the Springboks shares his personal story in an extraordinarily intimate memoir, which has hit the shelves in all leading bookstores across the globe from Monday.  

Rise, which is published by HarperCollins Publishers, is not simply a chronology of matches played and games won; it is an exploration of a man’s race and his faith, a masterclass in attaining a positive mindset, and an inspirational reminder that it is possible to defy the odds, no matter how they are stacked against you.

“Today is an incredibly special day for me and my family. I am so excited to finally share my story, the real story, with the world,” said Kolisi.

“I wanted to share my story in my own words; from the extreme poverty I experienced along with so many in my community, to what has made me the man I am today.

Through my own rise, I hope I can show people in South Africa and around the world – of every colour, gender and spiritual belief – that anything is possible.”

Some well-known personalities from around the world have endorsed the book.

“Few people embody the tenacity of what the new South Africa stands for like Siya does,” said The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.

“His story mirrors the nation’s in its trials and tribulations, and also in its triumph against all odds. This is a real life hero’s journey.”

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford said: “Siya’s rise from humble beginnings to lifting that World Cup trophy is the stuff of fairtytales.”

The book is available at all leading bookstores in South Africa and the UK, and is available on Amazon online for order.