Goosebumps: South Africa’s Rapturous Applause for New Captain Siya Kolisi

Watch the moment that new Springboks captain, Siya Kolisi, entered the field at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening… leading the Springboks out for his first time, to face England in the first of three Tests.

As SuperSport said – his arrival was greeted by “rapturous applause”. For many his appointment heralds a new dawn, a “new era”.

The Bokke achieved today what they’re best at doing: uniting South Africa and ushering in hope

And with the brilliant playing, and fantastic victory (42-39) that the Springboks went on to secure – the Bokke achieved today what they’re best at doing: uniting South Africa and ushering in hope when all around seems so negative.

WATCH SA Crowds erupts with rapturous applause as Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks out for the first time


After the Match:

Kolisi – who is the Springboks’ 61st captain – said after the game: “I was very nervous as we didn’t expect to have such a tough time early in the game, but we have guys who had been in situations like that before.”

He gave credit to the new caps – wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and S’busiso Nkosi and lock RG Snyman – “because they didn’t panic and showed they just wanted to play, so we decided to take control of the game and it worked…

“… the character the guys showed was amazing”

“Everything came together for us, the nerves were gone, we managed to get into sync and do those things that we know we can do well.

“We obviously would have wanted to start better today, but the character the guys showed was amazing.”

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